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PRESS RELEASE - Total Shutdown Western Cape 25 September 2018...

A Total Shutdown has been planned in various communities across the Western Cape on Tuesday.  Organisers say it's in protest against rising poverty, crime and unemployment levels. 

Press Release:
Western Cape Total Shutdown
Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Time: 05h00 to 10h00.

Since the fall of Apartheid nothing have changed much for our working class communities. Our people continue to live in abject poverty, are facing unprecedented levels of unemployment and violence, cannot afford food and basic necessities such as water, electricity and transport and added to this we live in over crowded communities because of a lack of decent housing.

Further to this, the high levels of corruption in the public and private sector is exacerbating the poor's plight as resources which is meant to improve the lives of the poor is being stolen by thugs in suits and boardrooms leaving the poor to die of hunger and violence.

Our communities are saying Enough is Enough we are taking back our power and mobilising to govern ourselves as those meant to serve on our behalf have proven themselves untrustworthy and unaccountable to us, the working class.

It is against this backdrop that working class communities from: Bellville, Bishop Lavis, Bonteheuwel, Langa, Steenberg, Manenberg, Nyanga, Hanover Park, Flamingo, Freedom Square, Samora Marshell, Phillipi, Mitchell's Plain, Khayelitsha, Kensington, Factreton, Heideveld, Delft, Kraaifontein, Ottery, Ruiterwaght as well as Saftu and local shop stewards from various trade unions in our communities are busy preparing for a Western Cape Total Shutdown.

Our movement have been spurred on by the lack of unity in our various communities where certain groupings or formations are exclusionary and or issue or sector focussed, thereby lacking the need and capacity to address all socio economic issues faced by poor communities on a local and national level.

The Western Cape Shutdown Movement is a non partisan and non sectarian working class movement that is owned and lead by our working class communities. It is grounded in democratic grassroots practices and processes which is lead from the bottom up and owned by communities.

Our movement aims to mobilise and unite our working class communities and build solidarity for our cause which is fighting violence, poverty, inequality, racism and neo-liberalism by creating a better, safer, healthier and equal society.

We are in the process of listening to the voices of our people through gathering the demands from community to community. These demands will be consolidated as we move forward and will form the basis of our engagement with government.

We shall have a Western Cape Total Shutdown on Tuesday 25 September 2018 between 05h00 and 10h00 where our communities shall come out as a united working class saying enough is enough and demand that our voice be heard. We shall do this through reclaiming our streets on the day which will have an impact on the economy.

It is our aim to continuously work on drawing in all urban, peri-urban and rural working class communities to participate to be part of our movement and our fight for the poor and marginalised.

Forward To People's Power Forward!!! A United Working Class Shall Never Be Defeated!!!

Issued by: Western Cape Total Shutdown Communities.

Contact Persons:
Henriette Abrahams: 076 3783 842
Gatto Wanza: 072 711 6622
Yaseen Johaar: 084 972 8405