All marches will be policed, legal or illegal - Phahlane

2017-04-06 21:03
Khomotso Phahlane

Khomotso Phahlane

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Cape Town – The national marches taking place on Friday in Tshwane would be policed, whether they were legal or illegal, acting police commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane has insisted.

The dynamics of the policing would be different, he said on Thursday.

Phahlane said all marches happening in and around Tshwane on Friday would be illegal, as far as he knew.

Reading from two documents from the metro police, he said authorities had not granted permission for the marches to go ahead. 

This despite a court granting permission for the Save SA marches to go ahead on Friday, which Phahlane said had not been communicated to him.

“When we stepped in here, what we had was that the Tshwane marches were not approved. If the situation changes, the police will still police the march,” he said.

While the presidency have said they had no problem with the marches, and mayor Solly Msimanga has welcomed the court ruling, Phahlane vehemently insisted that this was yet to be communicated to him.

He had to hear it through the relevant channels, he said, for it to be official.

For now, he said, the marches were illegal.

“We are communicating facts here, we can’t talk about what we don’t know,” he said.

The police would abide by the court outcome, he said, once they were officially informed of it.

“It’s not going to change anything. If it is approved, we will still be out there policing. We are not in playing mode,” he said. 

Phahlane said if marchers took to the road illegally, the police would not be “picking them up in the hundreds or thousands”.

A case docket would be opened, and it would be the organisers that had to deal with the fallout.

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