The Western Cape Total Shutdown movement has announced that reports circulating on social media that they are planning a second shutdown on 2 October are false.
The document being shared on social media stated that the Western Cape Total Shutdown movement had planned a second protest on 2 October from 5am to 10am.
Organizers of the movement have shared with IOL that they plan to engage with national ministers this coming Tuesday and made it clear that they are not involved in the circulating document.
“We wish to distance ourselves from this all as we have no intention of having a shutdown on 2 October,” the organisers said.
The Western Cape Total Shutdown Movement is refusing to take ownership for information that is being shared on various social media platforms.
“This is a mischievous statement intent on causing divisions in our communities,” said the organisers.
The total shutdown protest that took place on 25 September had working-class members of the community protesting against crime, poverty and unemployment as they took to the streets, causing road blocks in various areas.
During the protests, eight individuals were arrested as the result of an altercation with the police, prompting Police Minister Bheki Cele to hold a meeting with stakeholders in Bonteheuwel.
Cele has promised to take the organisation’s concerns to national government.
The organisation aims to provide aid to the communities of the Cape and is determined to bring about social and economic change in the province.
Reaffirming their commitment in a statement made on Saturday the organization aims to provide alleviation to the Cape communities and ensure that it is a safe place, “where there is peace and friendship and where our caring and sharing culture is restored.”