‘No’ to Dusi protest

2009-01-15 00:00

ETHEKWINI Municipality yesterday turned down a request by families, who were displaced in the 1980s to make way for the construction of Inanda Dam, to stage a protest at the dam tomorrow morning.

The decision was welcomed by the organisers of the Dusi Canoe Marathon as there are fears that the protest would disrupt the last day of the race.

Members of the 317 displaced families had planned the protest to coincide with the Dusi to draw attention to their plight in a bid to get compensation for their land.

It was not clear yesterday whether the protest would go ahead. A committee tasked with organising the protest was to meet last night to map out their next strategy.

“Personally I think that the protest needs to go ahead as planned. Let them [the police] arrest us if they want to,” O’Brien Gcabashe, one of the protest organisers, told The Witness yesterday.

According to Gcabashe, the permission to hold a protest was refused on the grounds that eThekwini Municipality feared that the Dusi race could be disrupted.

eThekwini manager Mike Sutcliffe could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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