Shut-Down hits at mayors
The Gauteng Shut-Down Coordinating Committee (GSCC) has turned its sights on the mayors of Tshwane and Joburg, Solly Msimanga and Herman Mashaba respectively.
It accuses Msimanga of “blatant lies, dishonesty, disrespect and a nonchalant attitude” and Mashaba of being “aloof”.
The GSCC complained pensioners were receiving bills of over R100 000, that the two DA mayors had “done nothing” in their communities and turned “a blind eye” to promises.
It alleged the mayors preside over municipalities fraught with a “lack of decent human settlements, youth marginalisation and old-age people neglect”.
It rejected the term “coloured”, with one of their organisers, Anthony Williams, saying his people have been “wrongly identified that way”. Rather, Williams said, they are the “children of the first nation of this country”.
The GSCC alleged that some communities in Gauteng received adequate services while others didn’t.
It wanted an end to what it sees as their exclusion from the economy. “Our businesses must always pick up the scraps...”
It added it wanted the mayors to approve the setting aside of business deals for those “classified coloured businesses”.
A statement said: “We want to be part of the economy of the cities going forward and if [the mayors] refuse, we will punish them by interrupting strategic institutions and businesses.”
It complained about spaza shops owned by foreigners, who they claim were “taking away our local economy”.
Ironically, the GSCC and the mayors may be in agreement over that problem. Both Msimanga and Mashaba have been accused of xenophobia in the past.
Msimanga said in May last year: “I don’t want to sound xenophobic, but in all the raids we have done, Nigerians topped the list of the people involved in drugs.”
Mashaba accused undocumented migrants of being the masterminds behind inner-city crime in 2016.
The GSCC ended its statement by saying it needed to “become more radical”.
“Together, we will assist in organising and mobilising the poor and the working class to revolt against the capitalist system of oppression. Together we will create a unified movement that will truly improve our society. Together we will liberate ourselves.”
... municipalities are fraught with a lack of decent human settlements, youth marginalisation and old people neglect
The Gauteng Shut-Down Coordinating Committee