AfriForum to seek permission to march

2012-11-28 16:40
Police investigate a murder scene at the Patriotfontein farm outside Fochville, where the owner was shot dead and the wife beaten up by five robbers. (File, Beeld)

Police investigate a murder scene at the Patriotfontein farm outside Fochville, where the owner was shot dead and the wife beaten up by five robbers. (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - AfriForum plans to approach the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday to seek permission to hold a march against farm murders.

Its legal representative Willie Spies said the Tshwane municipality initially gave permission for a march, but later changed its mind.

AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets contacted police ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi to arrange that a police representative accept a petition from marchers on Saturday.

"However, in the course of the conversation Mnisi indicated to Roets that he planned to put a stop to the planned march," AfriForum said in a statement on Wednesday.

Spies said section 17 of the Constitution guaranteed, as a basic human right, the right of all citizens to hold demonstrations and marches and to present petitions.

"The metro police's sudden refusal to allow the event therefore comes as a surprise," he said.

The march is part of a campaign by AfriForum and Solidarity against farm attacks and to promote rural safety.

- SAPA

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