Battle for the Cape

2013-11-03 06:00

Traders in the heart of Cape Town took no chances when they heard rumours of another violent protest march on Friday.

By noon, the stalls in St George’s Mall were packed up for the day.

It was a false alarm, but this won’t be the last time traders in the CBD will have reason to panic.

Leaders of the group of a few thousand that marched to the Western Cape legislature say they’ll be back?–in far bigger numbers?–?in a month’s time.

One of the group’s leaders, expelled ANC councillor Andile Lili, who also led the recent “poo protests” in the city, said: “The next march will be on the Grand Parade.

We will sit there and ask for land.

We don’t want people to be in the CBD and lose focus.

“They must be prepared not to eat or drink for three days because we are fighting for a good reason.”

The rhetoric sounds like that of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, but Lili says he is loyal to the ANC despite being left off its elections lists because of an ongoing internal disciplinary hearing.

On Friday, Lili consulted lawyers about possibly suing Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, who labelled him an EFF member in the National Assembly this week.

The ANC has blamed Malema’s party for the looting that marked Wednesday’s march.

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