Cape Town braces for protest march

2013-11-26 10:56
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Cape Town station affected by riots

Cape Town station has been affected by the violent protests that saw rioters loot stores and destroy property in Cape Town CBD. See the pictures.

Cape Town - The group which led a violent march through the centre of Cape Town in late October has vowed to hold another protest in the city on Friday - despite being denied permission by authorities.

The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that the Cape Town Informal Settlements Organisation plans to march to the Western Cape provincial legislature on Friday to deliver a memorandum to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

The City of Cape Town has turned down the application for the march, saying it had consulted with the police and the march's convenor and believes there is credible evidence that the march may result in disruptions to traffic, injuries and possible damage to property.

However, the organisers have vowed to march regardless. A Cape Town Informal Settlements Organisation spokesperson told the newspaper that at least 50 000 protesters from various informal settlements were expected to march, and he called on Zille to accept the memorandum from protesters. Her refusal to accept it during the previous march fuelled the anger of the protesters, he said.

The spokesperson said opportunistic criminals started the looting during the last protest, and said the organisation will try to ensure that there is no looting or violence. He called on shops and businesses in the CBD to close their doors.

Some street vendors and businesses who spoke to the Cape Times said they would close, but others said they would remain open as they were still trying to recover money they lost during the previous protest action.




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