A total of eight protesters were arrested in Bonteheuwel last week.
A total of eight protesters were arrested in Bonteheuwel last week.

No Western Cape #TotalShutdown on October 2, says organisers

By Lou-Anne Daniels Time of article published Sep 29, 2018

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Cape Town - The organisers of the Western Cape Total Shutdown movement say reports that they are planning another protest on October 2 are false. This comes after a document circulated on social media calling for a shutdown from 5 am to 10 am next Tuesday.

The organisers say they plan to spend Monday preparing for a meeting with national ministers the next day.

"We wish to distance ourselves from this call as we have no intention of having a shutdown on the 2 October. 

"This is a mischevious statement intent on causing divisions in our communities."

Last week Police Minister Bheki Cele held a meeting with stakeholders in Bonteheuwel where he promised to take their concerns to national government. The meeting came after a number of people were arrested as disgruntled Capetonians took to the streets to voice their frustration over poverty and crime.

Parts of Cape Town were on lockdown after various areas in the city erupted in chaos.  Police used stun grenades, water cannons and rubber bullets to subdue protesters in Bonteheuwel.

On Saturday the organisers reaffirmed their commitment to a "program to restore our communities to a place where people live in dignity, where there is peace and friendship and where our caring and sharing culture is restored."


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