City of Cape Town lays criminal charge against 'Gatvol Capetonians'

By Doug Mattushek - 10 August 2019Views : 701

The City of Cape Town laid a charge against shutdown organisers group 'Gatvol Capetonians' over R1.5m damage.

The controversial group who goes by the name 'Gatvol Capetonians' organised a march, in an attempt to highlight the plight of backyard dwellers in the province.

A criminal charge was laid against the organiser's of Thursday's Cape Town shutdown, JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security confirmed.

On Friday, the City stated, the damage to infrastructure will be in the millions.

The 'Gatvol Capetonians' organised the march, to highlight the plight of backyeard dwellers in the province and how they have been neglected as far as housing opportunities were concerned.

Heeding the movement's call, several communities in Cape Town took to the streets of Cape Town on Thursday morning to block off several entrances to major roads.

However, the City is claiming that costs were incurred, albeit preliminary, to the tune of R1.5m, charges have been laid against the leader of the movement, Fadiel Adams.

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"The protests caused damaged to road surfaces in the seven areas, which will worsen due to the fire damage and will require resurfacing, as well as damage to traffic lights and streetlights which were destroyed."

Smith, added that the total cost of these damages is likely to be in excess of R1.5m.

He went on to bemoan the loss of resources in other areas as a result of having to deploy more law enforcement personnel to affected areas.

"The City has laid criminal charges in relation to incitement to violence and other offences against the national spokesperson of the organisation responsible for the illegal protests and more may follow in the next few days."

On Thursday, Adams described the shutdown as "moderately successful" and says he is being "persecuted by the City of Cape Town".

According to Smith, Mayor Dan Plato had tried to contact the organiser of the protest but that he had not answered or returned his calls since the beginning of the week.

Meanwhile, Adams says this is not true and he cannot understand why he is being charged with incitement of violence when he expressed the fact that the protests would be peaceful.