Cape Town - The sudden burst of violent protests in Cape Town and Joburg townships are the result of genuine service delivery issues and not politically motivated.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said this in response to a week of protests that resulted in the burning and looting of businesses in Khayelitsha, Blackheath and Strand.
Mathekga said the action was sparked by of local concerns, instigated by real issues including service delivery. “The trigger point is service delivery based on bread and butter issues, in which many communities find themselves in,” Mathekga added.
Last week, angry residents blocked roads in Khayelitsha, Blackheath and Strand with rubble, burning tyres and rocks as they led #ShutDown demonstrations.
The protests resulted in the arrest of eight people, police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said on Thursday. More than 1 000 people from Lwandle participated in the protest.
Rwexana said looting of businesses were also reported and said the situation was volatile.
According to Community Safety MEC Alan Winde, the protests resulted in Khayelitsha being declared a no-go zone for public transport operators, MyCiTi and Golden Arrow.
He said many children were unable to get to school. Employees, who depend on their daily wage, could not get to work, and the local clinic was closed.
Winde said he had little doubt the protests were political. “With less than a month to go until the election violent and narrow-minded political parties are trying every desperate trick in the book."@SISONKE_MD