Johannesburg - DA leader Helen Zille on Wednesday accused
the ANC of gathering with rocks and bricks at Beyers Naude Square in
Johannesburg without permission.
"Police have not stopped them and they are armed with
bricks," she told reporters at the Westgate transport hub on Wednesday.
"They've gathered in large numbers without police
The DA began marching for "real jobs" at 11:30 on
Wednesday from Beyers Naude Square in Johannesburg.
Supporters were clapping and singing "Babuliseni"
which means "greet them" in Xhosa.
Police lined Marshall Street as supporters walked on.
The march was scheduled to end up about a street block from
the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters.
Zille said the ANC's stance would not stop the DA from
marching as it had a right to do so.
"We have to take a stand...this is a democracy."
Thousands of DA members in blue shirts were shouting
"Viva" ahead of the march. They held placards which read: "Six
million real jobs".
Thousands of African National Congress supporters filled
Sauer Street ahead of the march.
Yellow T-shirts could be seen from a distance as well as ANC
Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans were on top of Luthuli House.
Supporters shouted that they not scared of the DA.
ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte told supporters
the party was responsible for their right to march.
She said the DA should meet the ANC in Parliament.
"This is not the seat of government, it's the
headquarters of the ANC," she said.
Duarte said the ANC would not provoke anyone.
"We are disciplined cadres of the movement."
Earlier, an urgent application by the ANC to secure a
protection order over an alleged threat by the DA was dismissed by the South
Gauteng High Court.
The ruling party said the application was necessary because
the DA had secured the services of a security firm "armed to the
teeth" with batons, helmets, and shields.