Capetonians should brace themselves for a shutdown on Thursday morning as residents from over 13 communities take to the streets to demand better service delivery and housing opportunities in particular. The gathering lead by the Gatvol Capetonian movement will start at 05h00 on the day with a possibility of hundreds of protesters blocking off entrances into various communities.
Faadil Adams, spokesperson for the Gatvol Capetonian movement said he had been engaging poor communities across the Cape Flats for the past few weeks with regards to the crises government officials turn a blind eye to. He said the objective of the shutdown is to expose the government’s failure to deal with the landless in terms of failure to deliver.
According to the South African Police Services (SAPS), the group will lead backyard dwellers on the Cape Flats to shut down all major arterial roads for disruption in areas that include Mitchells Plain, Parkwood, Bontehewel, Lavender Hill, Kensington, Factreton, Ocean View, Elsies Rivier, Delft, Bo-Kaap, Ottery, and Mamre.
Some of the routes that will be affected by the protest include the R300, N1, M5, Symphony Way, Voortrekker Road, Vanguard Drive, Wale Street, Strand Street, Military Road, Spine Road, Highland Drive, Eisleben Drive, Hyde Road, Prince George, Kommetjie and Soetwater roads among others.
Backyarders are disgruntled over the lack of housing opportunities for coloured people, perpetuation of apartheid-style special planning, lack of housing opportunities close to work and the constant manifold housing waiting list.
Meanwhile, Bonteheuwel councillor Angus McKenzie expressed his disgust at the shutdown calling it ‘an absolute disgrace’. “More people will lose their jobs and more kids will not get to school. The very same communities they are supposedly fighting for is the one they are disadvantaging,” he said. A follow-up to this story will be posted soon. (Deen Times)