DA march won’t end at Luthuli House

2014-02-11 15:41

The DA’s march for “real” jobs will not end outside the ANC’s headquarters in Joburg, as initially planned.

“We are disappointed that we can’t march directly to Luthuli House but we still feel we will be able to make our voice heard,” DA spokesperson Cameron Arendse said today.

The party would instead march to Beyers Naude Square, a block away from Luthuli House tomorrow.

Arendse said the Joburg metro department had set the perimeters where the DA’s march would end.

The march would be led by DA leader Helen Zille, DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane, DA federal chairman Wilmot James, and youth leader Mbali Ntuli.

Arendse said the march would expose the ANC’s promise of six million “work opportunities” as nothing more than temporary public works placements, and contrast them with the six million “real” jobs the DA would create if elected to national government.

Earlier this month, the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court overturned a decision by the police to deny the DA permission to march to the ANC’s headquarters.

At the time, Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said: “The protest march by the DA ... has been prohibited on the grounds that there would be a security risk to protesters.”

The march was originally planned for last week but the party postponed it due to logistical reasons.

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