'We are tired of being excluded from the economic activities of this country'

Ennerdale residents embarked on a complete shutdown protest on Friday morning standing together against crime, gangsterism and drug dealing in the area.

The residents are also complaining that the government is neglecting the coloured community in Johannesburg.

EWN reporter Mia Lindeque says more tyres are being brought in to continue burning on the roads.

She says major roads in and out of the area were blocked preventing access in or out of the area. Children were stopped from going to school and adults to work.

Lindeque says community members were discussing whether they should go to the known drug lords houses but the idea was dismissed to avoid any violence.

Read: Behavior of police during protests 'completely unacceptable'

Community members who spoke to Eye Witness News said that they've received a personal threat from one of these drug lords saying that if they come with the police to their houses they will kill them.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

They want President Cyril Ramaphosa to come and address them, they want to voice their anger in a different way.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Lindeque says the organisers of this protest are mobilising other provinces to join in and protest against crime and drugs in their communities.

They are saying they were inspired by communities in Cape Town who took a stand in the past weeks.

She says we could see more of these protests spreading to other provinces by next week.

The organiser of the Gauteng shutdown Coordinating Committee, Anthony Williams says Friday's protest was a success, saying that it is not a one day event but the beginning of a sustained project.

What we have seen till now is a massive success and we are very excited because there is a sustained onslaught that is coming against the Gauteng government and the national government.

Anthony Williams, Organiser of the Gauteng shutdown Coordinating Committee

Williams says one of their grievances is that the coloured communities are excluded from the economic activities of this country.

What has gone wrong is that Gauteng has seven economic hubs but not one of those economic hubs is in the so-called coloured areas. That can't be correct ...

Anthony Williams, Organiser of the Gauteng shutdown Coordinating Committee

If you take seven hubs and put them in the black communities and consciously exclude the coloured people, for how will the coloured people be quiet about it?

Anthony Williams, Organiser of the Gauteng shutdown Coordinating Committee

We are saying we are coming for David Makhura because he is full of lies.

Anthony Williams, Organiser of the Gauteng shutdown Coordinating Committee

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'We are tired of being excluded from the economic activities of this country'


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