DA march - as it happened

2014-02-12 07:30
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DA march in Joburg

The Democratic Alliance are marching in Johannesburg over jobs. See the latest pictures here.

The Democratic Alliance went through with its march for "real" jobs in Johannesburg on Wednesday. For a bit.

The party originally said it would march to the ANC's headquarters, Luthuli House, in the Johannesburg CBD but this plan was thwart by metro police. The party would instead march to Beyers Naude Square, a block away from Luthuli House.

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14:32 - So this is all done by the looks of it. Join us on Thursday evening when we live update the State of the Nation speech.

14:00 - Jessie Duarte: If they try to do it again, ANC will "defend" again.

13:59 -  The ANC at a press briefing: DA was insane, arrogant, ANC did what it had to.

13:46 - 

13:40 - 

13:36 - Many ANC supporters are still waiting for the DA. They don't seem to know that the opposition party ended its march quite some time ago.  

13:26 - 

13:12 - Zweli Mkhize has thanked ANC supporters for showing what he calls discipline, they want this "illegal" gathering to end now so everyone can return to work.

13:09 - According to a DA member, six ANC members were arrested for being in possession of illegal firearms.

13:07 - There was allegedly a bit of looting happening in downtown Joburg as ANC supporters waited for DA marchers. unconfirmed.

13:04 - And on a lighter note: "Joss Whedon says Helen Zille barrel rolling into a crowd with a teargas grenade between her teeth will be in second Avengers movie," tweets Kyle Hans Brockmann.

13:00 - 

12:59 - Police have arrested two ANC supporters, it has been tweeted.

12:56 - The DA marchers are now making their way back to busses and then back home. So that was rather short-lived.

12:47 - The DA says 'jobs march' is over for today. DA members are regrouping at the Westgate Transport hub, tweets eNCA.

12:42 - While the DA has abandoned its march, DA members are being told not to leave the depot "it is not safe guys", says Aldrin Sampear.

12:41 - The situation is calming down in Joburg's CBD, says Phillip de Wet.

12:39 - Joburg's metro police has confirmed that the ANC's gathering is illegal.

12:35 - 

12:31 - Police are firing rubber bullets at ANC members who are pelting DA marchers with objects. 

12:29 - 

12:28 - Mmusi Maimane is now leading the marchers in dance. 

12:27 - 

12:24 - Maimane: The campaign for 6 million real jobs will continue. 

12:24 - Maimane: When we were down at Luthuli House the ANC started throwing stones at us. But we will not be deterred.

12:22 - Police trucks now driving past DA marchers. 

12:21 - Nikiwe Bikitsha says she's hearing gunfire while DA members running around in a panic. 

12:19 - Remember how earlier Jackson Mthembu said people with bricks weren't necessarily using them as weapons? Yes, well. 

12:18 - Some saying that some DA members have turned back after being pelted with stones. Are you there have you seen anything? Send us your information.

12:16 - 

12:14 - Aggressive ANC group is trying to do an end run around police blockade, but Nyalas are faster.

12:04 - Food for thought: "Imagine ANC ignored DA march - as irrelevant: sometimes political intolerance gives unnecessary publicity to your opponents." - Pierre de Vos, via Twitter.

12:02 - 

11:59 - By #REALjobs, we mean permanent employment, not Extended Public Works Programme EPWP "job opportunities”, tweets @DA_News.

11:54 - DA is halting for speeches, national anthem at corner of Rissik and Marshall, will then turn back, says Phillip de Wet.

11:51 - 

11:46 - DA supporter on eNCA thanks Helen Zille for organising march. "We are marching for job. The real jobs we want."

11:45 - ENCA reporter Nikiwe Bikitsha estimates there are about 3 000 DA protesters. They aimed for 6 000

11:43 - ANC supporters are about to get first clear glimpse of the #DAmarch, but cops have cleared 3 blocks between groups, Phillip de Wet tweets.

11:41 - 

11:41 - Nathi Mthethwa (minister of police) is now addressing ANC supporters.

11:40 - 

11:36 -  Here's another photo of ANC supporters outside Luthuli House. (Elmo Erasmus, News24 user)

11:33 - Zille: We have to expose how intolerant and violent the ANC has become.

11:31 - Um. Right. 

11:30 - DA marchers are on the move. 

11:28 -  Some of the thousands of ANC supporters outisde Luthuli House. Those are umKhonto we Sizwe members on the building. (Jacaranda FM, Twitter)

11:26 - The march is now underway.

11:25 - 

11:23 - Zille has just finished addressing the media. So hopefully march can get underway now. 

11:22 - Mthembu: There should be no provocation by the DA on the ANC.

11:22 - 

11:19 - Mthembu: [People with bricks] haven't threatened anybody... Nobody will be confronted by any of our members.

11:18 - Mthembu: Where we are allowed to gather, we will be there, where we are not allowed to gather we will not be there. There is barbed wire separating where we should be and where the DA should be.

11:15 - Mthembu: You don't organise marches armed to the teeth if you want peaceful protests.[referring to the DA's hundreds of guards]

11:14 - Mthembu: "We have no qualms with certain arrangements." Those arrangements being that the DA will march to Beyers Naude Square.

11:12 - Mthembu: Carrying a brick might not necessarily mean that you are going to use a brick...

11:12 - Mthembu: We do not accept any foreign or violent behaviour from members. 

11:11 - Mthembu: We are a peaceful organisation.

11:10 - The ANC's Jackson Mthembu: "We have not swamped that place."That place being Beyers Naude Square where quite a few ANC supporters have been seen.

11:07 - 

ANC supporters make their feeling clear. (Beauty Mohai, Twitter)

11:04 - 

11:01 - Zille: A vote for the DA is a vote for 6 million 'real' jobs. Our plan will be set out at our manifesto launch.

11:01 - Zille: We are going to make the point that a vote for Jacob Zuma’s ANC is a vote for more unemployment.

10:58 - 

10:56 - Oh dear. Seems we've had a bit of a system error and lost some of our earlier updates. Our techies are looking into it. Apologies for any confusion.

10:55 - Zille is set to brief the media at the starting point of the march. 

10:53 -  Zille wants to know: ANC was denied permission to gather but police standing by while ANC with bricks occupy B Naude Square illegally. Why don't police act?

10:47 - 

10:46 - 

10:41 -

10:37 -

DA marchers gather at the Westgate Transport Hub as buses wait to take them to the Joburg CBD. (Photo by News24 user Dennis Nel)

10:34 - Zille tweets: DA making loudhailer announcements: No children may march. We have child care arranged if parents still want to march for "real" jobs.

10:31 -

DA supporters singing: "Helen Zille my president". (Nonhlanhla Sifumba, Twitter)

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