Cape Town’s Crisis-Ridden Response to Covid-19

By Greg Ruiters

This contribution seeks to take a critical survey the responses of the City of Cape Town and social movements to the Covid-19 pandemic. The major hotspots for the virus have been in dense informal settlement areas with unreliable communal taps. The city provides additional emergency water services but this relief will be withdrawn once the virus subsides, with the city’s main preoccupation being the maintaince of its revenue base. Mass unemployment in a vulnerable tourist-led economy is likely to deepen inequality, fuel already disruptive protests about essential services, and spark more land invasions. Organized resistance requires linking workers who provide services with people’s committees and the unemployed, working towards a solidarity economy.

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