Shots were fired by law enforcement officials and public order police when citizens took to the streets against Cape Town’s new Unlawful Occupation Bylaw and amended Streets Bylaw on October 15.
A video has surfaced on Facebook whereby citizens holding a “decent housing for all” banner are seen walking before shots are dispersed, whereafter the footage becomes shaky.
A second video has since been posted by Ndifuna Ukwazi which includes a statement from the head of the Non-Profit Organisation, Buhle Booi.
Ndifuna Ukwazi consists of activists and lawyers providing legal services, research capacity and training opportunities to communities in campaigns for justice and equality.
They are a group that use research and strategic litigation to campaign for people living in poor and working class communities. “We contribute to building a movement in South Africa by supporting new organisations, mentoring young leaders and teaching activists.”
According to the post, the protest was peaceful and stun grenades were fired without warning. “We will go lay charges,” says Booi.
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