Cops say no to ANCYL's Union Buildings night vigil
Johannesburg - The Tshwane metro police have denied the ANC Youth League permission to hold a night vigil outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday.
Tshwane metro spokesperson Console Tleane said this was decided at a meeting with the convenors of the march, the metro police, the SA Police Service, the Tshwane emergeny services and the presidency on Tuesday.
"The presidency declined the request for the league to hold a vigil on Thursday night at the Union Buildings South Lawns, citing the fact that the Union Buildings is a national key point," Tleane said in a statement.
However, permission was granted for the African National Congress Youth League to march to the Union Buildings on Friday morning to hand a memorandum to the presidency.
The ANCYL had planned to stage its "economic freedom" march from Johannesburg to Pretoria to highlight the plight of the poor on Thursday, hold a night vigil on Thursday evening, and then present the memorandum on Friday morning.
ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday evening.