On Saturday, different organisations protested around the country to mark the start of a national campaign to build and connect community struggles against covid-19 and government austerity measures. Elitsha was there to document it.
The protest in Johannesburg was the biggest as the city’s CBD was awoken to a different environment of struggle songs as marchers chanted across Beyers Naudé Square to the provincial legislature.
Eastern Cape/Dutywa/Port Elizabeth
The protests in the Eastern Cape were not only confined to the big towns of Makhanda (Grahamstown), Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth but people organised even in small rural towns like Dutywa, Cofimvaba and Sterkspruit.
Cape Town/Western Cape
The protests in Cape Town were more decentralised, taking place in different townships and towns. There were protests in Witzenberg, Delft, Nyanga, Athlone, in the Cape Town city centre and Khayelitsha.