Cape Town – On Tuesday morning many communities in Cape Town will join together in protest against the crime, poverty, and unemployment affecting residents. Community members set out to block major roads and highways from 5am to 10am.
The Western Cape Total Shutdown Communities said the shutdown aims to highlight the plight faced by working-class communities. Their aim is not to confront the authorities, but instead to disrupt normal operations. Through their resistance, community members would like to highlight the issues their communities are faced with on a daily basis. They want various levels of government to get involved in resolving these issues, instead of continuously ignoring their call for help.
The communities involved include Bellville, Freedom Square, Bishop Lavis, Samora Machel, Bonteheuwel, Phillipi, Langa, Mitchell’s Plain, Langa, Steenberg, Khayelitsha, Manenberg, Kensington, Nyanga, Factreton, Hanover Park, Heideveld, Flamingo, Delft, Ruyterwacht, Kraaifontein, and Ottery.
It has been reported that SAPS used stun grenades, water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets against residents in Bonteheuwel. One of the organizers, Henriette Abrahams, has also been arrested along with eight other people for alleged public violence. Gatto Wanza, an organizer of the shutdown, says that more protest action can be expected until government presents a plan to aid the situation.