Total shutdown a fiasco

2018-09-27 06:02

The Total Shutdown protest on Tuesday, which affected certain townships including Langa, has received mixed emotions from residents.

The protest against escalating crime, poverty and unemployment saw areas such as Bonteheuwel, Kensington and Hanover Park coming to a standstill.

However, it had very little impact in most townships, with Langa bearing the brunt of the Bonteheuwel action.

Irate residents took to Facebook to express their rage, with some supporting the action, while others criticised it.

Commenting on a Facebook page called Concerned Residents of Langa, Vuyiswa Mamnguni Ndzakana said: “The situation needs support by neighbouring communities. We as Langa people cannot sit and watch it. What affects Bonteheuwel affects us. An inter joint community meeting is required”.(sic)

Another resident Joanne Lewis said: “Langa was represented by few people of Langa there is communication between Langa and Bonteheuwel to engage in unity”.(sic)

Songi Masoka said: “No one had a clue because all the structures were clueless thus no participation. Makuqalwe kulungiswe uLanga lo before we go and interfere kwi shutdown ye community ezingaphandle whilst we have bigger problems”.(sic)

Kent-Wenu UMasthathu said: “Why don’t they engage with Lavis? When we protest and burning tyres your people call us all sorts of names and that we are stupid and barbaric. We have our own issues that we’re currently busy trying to sort out as the community of Langa”.(sic)

Henriette Abrahams, one of the organisers from Bonteheuwel, said the reason for the total shutdown was because of the continuing violence and poverty in Langa and Bonteheuwel.

“The continuing violence is as a result of poverty in our areas, so we protested in order for government to intervene,” she said.

Abrahams said they want both the provincial and national government to do something about the situation.

Mayco member for Safety and Security and Social Services JP Smith said the organisers did not apply to protest. Abrahams said they did not apply for a permit deliberately because the City would have prevented them from protesting.

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