Grabouw protesters’ shields
The image above is cropped from a photo by Courtney Africa published in the Cape Times on Wednesday 17 September 2014, p.4, showing young protestors in Grabouw during service delivery protests which saw 5 schools closed. They hold improvised shields. At left is the gun of a policeman – police fired rubber bullets, and protestors threw stones. Courtney supplied the archive with some more photographs, below, and this comment:
In the picture above the guys were shielding stone throwers. Others would roll stones/rocks to them from further behind as the materials for making ‘shields’ seemed scarce.
In 2013 a series of protests took place in Cape Town that used ‘porta potty’ canisters filled with human waste, as a protest against the portable toilets supplied by the Cape Town municipality in informal settlements and for higher levels of sanitation. The porta potty canister became a tool of protest as human waste was flung “at Premier Helen Zille’s convoy, on the N2 highway, on the steps of the Western Cape Legislature, in the Cape Town International Airport departures terminal, and… at the Bellville Civic Centre. These poo protests targeted the Western Cape government’s sanitation policies” (from University of Stellenbosch academic Steve Robbins’ article ‘How poo became a political issue’,