by Jared Sacks, The Amandla Blog (There is now a shorter version of this article on the Mail & Guardian site)
A few weeks ago the City of Cape Town was rocked by a spate of road blockades and other significant protests. Certain liberal NGOs have joined the DA in condemning the protests claiming that they are violent and motivated by political party agendas.
To be sure, this is nothing new. Protests in the form of marches, the burning of tyres, and road blockades, have been happening every week throughout the City for years. The significant majority go completely unreported in the mainstream media and unnoticed by government officials.
What seems to be different about recent protests, however, is that they've begun to bleed out of township boundaries and into spaces that effect Cape Town's middle class. The blocking of Duinefontein, Vanguard and Landsdowne roads a couple weeks ago by residents of Sweet Home informal settlement and the recent closure of the N2 freeway by residents of Europe, Kanana, and Barcelona settlements, are important examples of this shift.