More police called ahead of Cape protest

2013-11-27 19:20
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Town – Additional police are expected to arrive in Cape Town ahead of a protest planned by a group that led a violent march to the city centre late in October.

Cape Town Informal Settlements Organisation who planned the march, which has been denied permission by authorities, will reportedly bus in at least 50 000 members from all over the Peninsula to the CBD on Friday.

Members are also expected to arrive by train and will disembark at the Salt River Station.

The group is set to march to the Western Cape provincial legislature to deliver a memorandum to Premier Helen Zille.

During the October protest members went on a rampage, looting street vendors and vandalising property around the CBD.

At the time Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said the initial information received for the protest, indicated that it would be a smaller group, leaving police unprepared to deal with the chaos that ensued.

An internal memorandum by the provincial head of disaster medicine and special events, Dr Wayne Smith, states that the city will be on high alert on Friday.

According to the memo additional manpower requested by the police, is expected to arrive from Pretoria on Wednesday.

“The provincial joint operation centres will be activated at 04:00 on Friday.”

Emergency services will also be on stand-by.

The memo states: “It is vital that emergency services maintain a low visibility if not required. The presence of an ambulance at such events can often lead to the crowd believing there is going to be violence... Relevant hospital managers informed about the event and the potential consequences.”

Expected blockages on the N2 and N7 are also a concern as the Cape Organisation for the Democratic Taxi Association reportedly plans to assist the marchers, by blocking the highways with their taxis.

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