Gauteng Premier to Meet Blood Friday Protesters

Representatives from #ShutdownGauteng at the JSE in Sandton on Tuesday. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG: Protesters from predominantly coloured communities in Gauteng will march this morning in Johannesburg in a Blood Friday protest.

The Gauteng Shutdown Co-ordinating Committee says the planned march will start at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown. The protesters will then hand over a memorandum to Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

The protest has not been without challenges. Some people in the communities of Westbury and Eldorado Park say they will not be taking part in the march.

Organisers say they will march to demand justice for Heather Peterson. She was shot and killed during an apparent gang shooting in Westbury. The protesters are also demanding economic inclusion. They say another reason for the march is to highlight the problem of crime in their areas.

Makhura’s office has responded through a social media account that the Premier is ready to engage with the protesters.

On Tuesday, community leaders representing residents from southern Johannesburg have gathered outside the JSE in Sandton, demanding predominantly coloured communities be included in the economy.