Western Cape total shutdown where and why locals are protesting

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A protest movement known as Western Cape Total Shutdown looks set to cause abject misery on CPT’s roads this Tuesday morning.

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE – AUGUST 06: . A general view shows minibus taxis at the biggest and busiest taxi rank in the Western Cape with Table Mountain in the background, the central taxi rank on August 06, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Morne De Klerk/Getty Images)

The Western Cape Total Shutdown (WCTS) movement will take to the streets on the morning of Tuesday 25 September, as they begin their protests against the “oppression” of working-class citizens.

If you’re in the province, it’s likely that there will be traffic disruptions during the rush-hour commute, as numerous communities come together to have their voices heard. But why is it all happening, and what do you need to know? Allow us to explain:

Western Cape Total Shutdown: Why are they protesting?

In a press release shared over the weekend, WCTS explained that they’re protesting against, well, pretty much everything. Their extensive list of reasons is mainly about the living conditions faced by South Africa’s poorest citizens, including unemployment and a rise in basic living costs:

“Since the fall of Apartheid, nothing has changed much for our working class communities. Our people continue to live in abject poverty, are facing unprecedented levels of unemployment and violence.”

“We cannot afford food and basic necessities such as water, electricity and transport and added to this we live in over crowded communities because of a lack of decent housing.”

“Our communities are saying Enough is Enough we are taking back our power and mobilising to govern ourselves as those meant to serve on our behalf have proven themselves untrustworthy and unaccountable to us, the working class.”

When it starts

The protest begins at 5:00 and will last until 10:00. The industrial action is set to cause disruption during the morning commute to work, and delays are likely in large regions of the province – particularly near the City of Cape Town itself.

What areas will be affected by the Western Cape Total Shutdown?

Gatto Wanza is one of the organisers of the protest, and he identified the following communities as those set to be affected by the WCTS:

Bellville, Bishop Lavis, Bonteheuwel, Langa, Steenberg, Manenberg, Nyanga, Hanover Park, Flamingo, Freedom Square, Samora Marshell, Phillipi, Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Kensington, Factreton, Heideveld, Delft, Kraaifontein, Ottery and Ruiterwaght.

Furthermore, trade unions such as Saftu will also be involved in the demonstrations. Although Wanza and his crew haven’t named the Mother City as a target, their actions are highly likely to stop some employees arriving at work on time, as well as creating a “backlog” of traffic on the highways.

Cape Town traffic for Tuesday 25 September

As reported by TimesLive, co-organiser Henriette Abrahams‚ from Bonteheuwel‚ said between 4.30 – 5:00 protesters would close roads leading to the N2‚ M5 and M3. The protests are due to end at 10:00. As this develops on Tuesday, we’ll be on hand to provide more information and updates.

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