“Mass march” downscales to big walk

2013-07-19 00:00

WITH next year’s elections less than a year away, politicking between various parties is starting to gain momentum.

An anticipated “mass march” into Durban North last Friday, however, was a bit of an anti-climax when a group of approximately 50 people marched to a park in Ellis Park Drive.

The group from the Briardene settlement - carrying a banner of Jacob Zuma, ANC flags and a placard stating, “We will bear arms to protect Jacob Zuma” - was protesting over service delivery as well as other issues.

These included promises by a former ANC PR councillor that residents of RDP houses would benefit from a rectification even though this was being handled by the Provincial Government and subsequently cancelled by them. Demands also included housing at Cornubia and work opportunities.

ANC Youth League’s Don Shange threatened that should these demands not be met, then Chris Hani Road (North Coast Road) would be closed down.

The march did not have permission from eThekwini Municipality. However - according to DA councillor Dean Macpherson - Greenwood Park SAPS and Metro Police allowed the group to march from the Briardene settlement to the park in Ellis Park Drive, Durban North.

“It’s quite clear that the illegal march has nothing to do with service delivery and the poor turnout proves that residents of Briardene are simply not interested in the ANC’s factional battles in ward 36,” Macpherson said.

“This so-called march by ‘leaders’ - especially Don Shange - was nothing more than an attempt to gain recognition within the ANC.

“It is a shame that people like Shange choose to use people in Briardene in his personal quest to gain position within his party. “While the DA recognises people’s right to organise and protest, it must be done in a manner which is legal and devoid of intimidation and violence,” Macpherson added.

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