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“Gatvol Capetonian” shutdown leader faces prosecution over R1.5 million shutdown damage

The City of Cape Town says it has laid criminal charges against the organiser of Thursday’s “Gatvol Capetonian” shutdown, mayoral committee for safety and security JP Smith has confirmed.

The shutdown protest was organised by a community movement, Gatvol Capetonian to protest against a lack of housing opportunities for coloured people wracked havoc on Cape Town roads earlier this morning.,

According to the African News Agency, the group is protesting against the “perpetuation of apartheid-style spatial planning and a total lack of housing opportunities close to work and the constant, huge housing waiting list, among others”.

The demonstration was characterised by road closures and damage to public property leading the City of Cape Town to lay charges against the group’s leader.

The city says having incurred costs, albeit preliminary, to the tune of R1.5m, charges have been laid against leader of the movement Fadiel Adams.

“The protests caused damages to road surfaces in the seven areas, which will deteriorate much more rapidly due to the fire damage and will require resurfacing, as well as damage to traffic lights and streetlights which were destroyed.

“The total preliminary cost of these damages is likely to be in excess of R1.5m,” said Smith.

Smith bemoaned the loss of resources in other areas as a result of having to deploy more law enforcement personnel to affected areas.

Adams said Thursday’s shutdown was “moderately successful” and says he is being “persecuted by the City of Cape Town”.

According to Smith, mayor Dan Plato advised that he had attempted to contact the organiser of the protest but that he had not answered or returned his calls since the beginning of the week.

Adams says this is not true and that he does not understand why he is charged with incitement of violence when he had in fact told the city that the protests would be peaceful.

 

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