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“We are not preventing anyone from going to work”, say organisers of #TshwaneShutdown

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The organisers of the #TshwaneShutdown demonstration are protesting against poor service delivery and a number of other grievances to the government.

Residents of the City of Tshwane embarked on a peaceful protest to demand improved service delivery, title deeds, less expensive electricity bills, clean water and other services. The information has been widely distributed among residents through pamphlets and social media.

Many people did not go to their places of work and remained at home because of the fear that the protests would be violent. The affected areas are Mabopane, Winterveldt, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Eersterust, Nellmapius, Bronkhorspruit, Hammanskraal and Olievenhoutbosch.

Solomon Mogashoa (33) is a resident of Soshanguve and works for a retail store as a store packer. “I did not go to work today because of the protest, we were warned that the protest would get bloody hence I decided to stay home. My other fellow colleagues who are also staying in Soshanguve did not go to work like me,” said Mogashoa.

Political Analysis South Africa (PASA) visited Soshanguve, where the economic activities were carrying on as usual, with the filling station in operation and students at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) also carrying on with their academic activities.

PASA spoke to one of the organisers of the protest, Jomo Rapholo, who confirmed that there is a “Stay Away” in the City of Tshwane.

“We are not preventing anyone from going to work or anywhere, it’s your choice. We are embarking on a very peaceful and non-violent protest to submit our grievances to the executives of this country as led by the president. We are waiting at Marabastad for other residents then we will march right to the Union Building to submit our concerns to the leadership of this country,” said Rapholo.

South Africa is known as the “protest capital of the world,” which was shown by research by the Centre of Social Change at the University of Johannesburg. According to estimates from South African Police Service (SAPS) data, there have been 900 community protests between 1997 and 2013, the number has climbed to 200 protests per year in recent years.

Kenneth Mokgatlhe
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