Keep it legal, eThekwini mayor warns Zuma marchers

By Faeza
06 April 2017

eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede on Thursday dismissed claims that she said anyone who takes part in anti-President Jacob Zuma marches in the city on Friday will be arrested.

The SABC had earlier reported that Gumede allegedly said all security agencies, including police, will be out in full force to arrest anyone who marches in Durban.

She reportedly also said marching against Zuma was the same as treason.

But on Thursday her spokesperson, Mthunzi Gumede, told News24 that the mayor only said those who do not have permits to march will be arrested.

"There'll be lots of marches in the city, from those against president Zuma and those who support him, so the mayor only asked those who will be participating in the marches to follow the city's bylaws and proper procedures," Gumede said.

As a precautionary measure those who did not have permits to march would be arrested, he said.

No arrests

Metro Police spokesperson Sbonelo Mchunu also dismissed the allegations that all marchers would simply be arrested.

"How can you arrest anyone who has not even committed a crime?" he asked.

Mchunu said police would monitor the situation.

The KwaZulu-Natal police said security has been beefed-up ahead of Friday's anticipated marches.

Operations have been planned with police officers from all units to monitor the situation on the day, said Captain Nqobile Gwala.

A large number of police officers will be deployed at identified hotspots to prevent any criminal activities, she added.

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal reiterated that they have permission to march against Zuma in Durban.

It will be a peaceful march for all South Africans to join, said the DA.

"It is our Constitutional right to march, and Mayor Gumede has no power to infringe on the Constitution," the party said in a statement.

Source: News24