Cele met the angry residents and other communities following the Total Shutdown protest on Tuesday. The minister would not engage them before the local government officials agreed to leave the meeting.
“I was asked to come meet residents today who were involved in the Total Shutdown. I was not aware that I invited provincial government to this meeting, but I also could not let this meeting collapse after being asked to engage with the community,” Cele said.
Smith and McKenzie left the Bonteheuwel multi-purpose centre to the loud cheering and slurring from residents saying they “will not allow our trauma to be politicised”.
Total Shutdown organiser and representative Abdul Kareem Matthews likened communities such as Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Bishop Lavis, Ottery and Kensington to “concentration camps”.