Tomorrow the 8th of August 2019 from 5am to 11am, City of Cape Town will experience a major shut down in following places:
Lavender Hill (M5, Military Road)
Ocean View (Kommetji Road)
Egoli informal settlement
The above locations are confirmed, but please be aware, that other places could join in at any point.
Main Road, M3 and Baden Powell Drive should be open as normal, but be aware if driving in those roads.
Be cautious when driving in affected areas as listed above.
Have a safe travel.
Message from City of Cape Town below:
FROM ALDERMAN JP SMITH
The City of Cape Town notes the reports of a planned shutdown in a number of areas for tomorrow.
We have had no direct engagement with the organisers, so we cannot predict the extent to which the shutdown will be supported and what impact there will be.
However, the City will provide any support to the South African Police Service that may be required around road closures, impact on traffic and other public safety measures that are required.
SAPS is the lead agency in terms of public order policing.
The City supports peaceful protest action, but call on participants to respect the rights of others by not preventing free movement, and to refrain from any damage to refrain from damaging any public or private infrastructure or placing any lives at risk.
We do not believe it is helpful to limit mobility to already vulnerable communities as nothing is achieved by that. Such a protest simply harms the community one claims to be wanting to help and further dis-incentivizes investment and job creation in that community as well as preventing residents there from getting to work, preventing service delivery and preventing emergency vehicles from helping the community. We do not believe that this form of protest is in the public interest.