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Total Shutdown movement moving ahead with protest action Wednesday

The movement leaders say authorities only pay attention to their pleas when they disrupt economic activity.

The Total Shutdown movement is moving ahead on Wednesday with plans to close arterial roads such as the M7, Jakes Gerwel, the Stellenbosch Arterial, Valhalla Drive and Voortrekker Road from 5am to 10am.

The Total Shutdown Demonstrators will protest against government’s inaction over the increasing levels of crime, violence and poverty in Cape Town.

The movement staged a similar protest a year ago, but says none of its demands have been met by those in power.

One of the organisers, Nadia Mayman De Grass, says all spheres of government have failed to create material change in impoverished communities on the Cape Flats.

According to De Grass, authorities only pay attention to their pleas when they disrupt economic activity.

She’s asked for Cape Town residents to show their solidarity and support the shutdown.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town’s JP Smith says it is provincial and national governments who have failed to come to the table to address the demands of the movement.

Smith says that while he recognises the need to protest, he says demonstrators should not damage infrastructure or prohibit the movement of others.

More: Cape Talk

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