The Tshwane Total Shutdown hit Pretoria this morning, bringing traffic disruptions and a heavy police presence with it. While the ANC came out in support of the recent Alexandra protests, they have distanced themselves from today's movement.
This morning saw Pretoria disrupted by the Tshwane Total Shutdown protests, bringing the city's busy roads to a standstill.
The movement aims to disrupt the daily routine of citizens in an attempt to highlight various issues facing South Africans.
According to The South African, the protest had erupted early this morning after anonymous threats and warnings earlier in the week.
The ANC has distanced itself, not taking responsibility for the protests despite supporting it. Dr Kgosi Maepa, regional chairperson for the party, commented on the Total Shutdown, saying that:
“I’ve heard people are going to organise a shutdown. We are not against it because there is no service delivery in Hammanskraal.”
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the ANC has been accused of orchestrating the protests in Alexandra over the last few days. Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba is adamant that the ruling party is attempting to inflame unrest in his metro in an attempt to regain control over it in the upcoming elections.
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Inadequate service delivery seems to be the root cause of today's action, with local taxi operators rebelling against the City's leadership.
The Mokopane and Shoshanguve suburbs have been inaccessible since shortly after dawn with protesters barricading streets with burning rubbish and boulders. This has caused massive traffic delays for motorists in the region.
Law enforcement authorities have urged for extreme caution to be taken, with the protests expected to move towards the State of the City Address taking place this morning.
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