A march to highlight lack of street lights in townships set for Khayelitsha

The Social Justice Coalition will be leading a Night March in a protest with a difference.

Between 9 and 10pm on Tuesday it will be taking to the darkened and shadowy streets of Khayelitsha to highlight the complete lack of lighting in the area.

Dalli Weyers of the Social Justice Coalition says lack of adequate lighting in Khayelitsha and other townships in Cape Town is putting people's lives at risk.

There's a lack of adequate lighting in Khayelitsha and similarly placed communities across Cape Town.

Dalli Weyers - Social Justice Coalition

Tonight is going to be our first iteration of us walking through the streets of Khayelitsha to draw attention to the lack of adequate lighting.

Dalli Weyers - Social Justice Coalition

We will be highlighting how many of the formal streets in Khayelitsha don't have street lights that the rest of us might take for granted and on how there is still high reliance on high mast spotlights that were first introduced to black townships during the apartheid era.

Dalli Weyers - Social Justice Coalition

Weyers attributes lack of adequate lighting to lack of political will rather than a budgetary issue because he says, there are lights being erected in other parts of the city while not in the townships.

We are seeing large amounts of money being spent on public lighting across the city but just not in communities where the legacy of apartheid's spatial planning is not being addressed in a systematic way.

Dalli Weyers - Social Justice Coalition

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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