South Africa: Officials Wary of Illegal Tshwane Shutdown Protest


Cape Town — Hundreds of Tshwane residents are preparing to march to the Union Buildings to protest poor service delivery in what officials describe as an illegal demonstration, eNCA reports. Complaints among disaffected locals include high electricity rates as well as the lack of sanitation and clean drinking water.

According to  Eyewitness News, Isaac Mahamba of the Tshwane Metro Police said that the march was not legal as it did not meet certain security requirements, adding: “We don’t want to pre-empt what would happen; we did not grant them any permission to march. We’re going to arrest people and we don’t know what will happen.”

The Tshwane Shutdown march is the latest in a series of service delivery protests organised in the lead-up to South Africa’s national elections on 8 May. Previous demonstrations in the city saw traffic being brought to a standstill in some areas, while roads in Hammanskraal were left empty as protesters blocked access with burning rubble and rocks.

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Publish date : 2019-04-29 10:15:48

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