Cape Town faces shutdown on Tuesday as communities protest crime and poverty

Cape Town faces shutdown on Tuesday as communities protest crime and poverty

- Frustrated and angry communities in and around the greater Cape Town metro will on Tuesday protest against high crime levels, poor living conditions, increased cost of living and other issues

- The movement has gathered under the banner of The Western Cape Total Shutdown movement and is expected to cause mass disruption to public transport in and around the metro on Tuesday

- The City of Cape Town has confirmed that it did not issue a permit for the protests but assured residents that all relevant law enforcement agencies made preparations for the protests

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On Tuesday, frustrated and angry members of several communities in the greater Cape Town metro have embarked on protest action. The protesters have gathered under the banner of The Western Cape Total Shutdown (WCTS) movement.

The WCTS movement aims to bring the plight of poor communities in the metro into the spotlight. The movement will be protesting against high levels of crime, poor living conditions, increased cost of living and pretty much everything else plaguing South Africa in general at the moment.

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Cape Town residents have been warned to expect major disruptions to early morning traffic as the full effect of the action wreaks havoc on the morning’s rush-hour traffic. The protest action was due to start at 5 am and is expected to conclude by around 10 am.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the City of Cape Town has confirmed that it had not issued a permit to protest to the WCTS movement but the city said all relevant law and traffic authorities have taken precautions to minimise the impact of the protests.

Eyewitness News reported that some of the communities hardest hit by violent crime such as gangsterism and drug-related crimes which are taking part in the protest are Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Kraaifontein, Kensington, Hanover Park and Manenberg.

Thesouthafrican.com reported that the WCTS movement released a statement over the weekend in which it explained what exactly the protest was aiming to highlight.

The statement said the for most communities nothing had changed in the 24 years since the fall of apartheid and the poor working class communities were still living in abject poverty and continue to face extremely high rates of unemployment and crime.

The WCTS statement went on to say that a majority of people in poor communities were struggling to afford even basic foods and lacked access to basic services such as electricity and water. These communities often live in hopelessly overcrowded conditions because of a lack of proper housing.

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The statement said these communities have had enough and will mobilise to govern themselves rather than trusting those who were elected to serve the community but had instead just repeatedly made promises which are never fulfilled.

The WCTS’ organiser Gatto Wanza told News24.com he did not have a concrete sense how many people would participate in each community. He urged all members of the affected communities to join the protest so they could give a voice to their displeasure.

Wanza said the movement’s goal was to unite all the people of marginalised communities and to fight the scourge of poverty and crime.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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