No sign of shutdown at CT airport, Waterfront after online warning

2016-11-14 17:58
V&A Waterfront (Supplied)

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Cape Town - No sign of unrest has been reported at Cape Town International Airport or the V&A Waterfront, despite a social media warning of a planned shutdown by student protesters on Monday morning.

According to a message circulating on WhatsApp, there were plans to “shut down the city” from 08:00.

“We will deal with all structural infrastructure until our call for free decolonised education system is realised not in any coming year but this year,” the message reads.

It claims that civil organisations had pledged their support to this effort and that the “majority of the townships” were expected to take part.

Participants were told to make their way to various venues in small groups, and that “no liberal government will stop our genuine call”.

“We won't be intimidated by threats of another Marikana,” it concludes.

By midday, V&A Waterfront spokesperson Carla White said it was business as usual at the landmark.

She said they were aware of the calls for the shutdown, and were on alert and monitoring the situation, offering full co-operation to the relevant authorities should anything develop. 

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer said she was aware of the social media alert, but that “all is calm and peaceful”.

Student leaders declined to comment.

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