Thursday, August 08, 2019

Stun grenades, tear gas, used towards disperse total shutdown marchers in Kensingto


The police used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse marchers of the Gatvol Capetonians total shutdown movement in Kensington on the 8th of August Thursday morning.

The shutdown movement stated they would remain to highlight the predicament of individuals living in backyards and for access to housing and land, cautioning that this was "just a taste of things that's going to happen" if the authorities don't meet their demands. The marchers had guaranteed to barricade main roads and intersections across the Cape Town metro from 5am to 11am. The Stellenbosch Arterial needed to be shutdown to traffic in both directions between Adam Tas and the Delft main roads at the R300. Cape Town Traffic spokesperson Richard Coleman said marchers remained burning tyres in the roadway. 

Marches supporting the movement partake barricaded sections of numerous roads across the Cape Metro, including Voortrekker Road near Jakes Gerwel and 5th Avenue; Prince George Drive at the M5 at Parkwood, where the circumstance is under control with pockets of burning tyres and accounts of isolated incident of stone-throwing; Wale Street leading to the Bo-Kaap, where there is a heavy police presence; Ocean View in Fish Hoek is closed off; the M5 near Dick Burton Road; the main road in Belhar near the KFC; and Kommetjie Road at Milky Way is blocked, where there have been reports of vandalism.On Thursday morning spokesperson for the movement, Oscar Samuels told the SABC this "was just a taste of things that's going to happen" and that there will be a memorandum handed over to the City and Western Cape government later today and the Western Cape government has 21 days to respond to the memorandum.  

By: Ellouise Muller

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