DA members bused in for march for ‘real jobs’

2014-02-12 11:45

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DA members began arriving in the Joburg CBD on buses early this morning for the party’s march to Luthuli House for “real jobs”.

Earlier today, the ANC made a last-ditch attempt to stop the march by seeking a protection order in court. The application failed.

Read: ANC ‘fine’ with court’s decision on DA march

DA members from as far away as the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and the Free State were represented.

To keep the growing crowd entertained, the DA had organised a hip-hop group to rap some pro-Zille songs. The crowd danced and waved their hands, and the message was clear: This is a peaceful march.

One of the organisers said: “No provoking songs should be sung. This is a peaceful march. We are not thugs, the real thugs are waiting for us over there [Luthuli House].”

But as the organiser was speaking on the podium, the crowd broke up into groups and started singing struggle songs mixed with commercial house hits. Children, teenagers and the elderly joined in, saying they wanted jobs.

T-shirts and bottled water were handed out as the sun beat down on hundreds of DA supporters.

In addition to the significant police presence, security guards were also on duty.

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