South Africa – protests start against Zuma

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#SAunites in nationwide protests2017-04-07 05:43

South Africa is set for nationwide protests against President Jacob Zuma today, despite some initial resistance from SAPS.

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Cape Town approves ‘Voices to Save SA’ marches

2017-04-06 18:15

City of Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

City of Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Cape Town – About 8 000 people are expected to march in Cape Town on Friday under the “Voices to Save SA” banner, a city spokesperson has said.

The city received five notices for gatherings on the day, which were considered by the responsible officer, in consultation with the police, Priya Reddy said on Thursday.

In a meeting on Thursday morning, some of the groups consolidated their efforts under one banner.

They would march together on Friday, starting at Keizersgracht Street at 12:00. They would then proceed down Darling Street, turn left into Adderley Street, left into Spin Street, right into Plein Street, and on to Parliament.

They would return to the starting point using a different route and finish at 14:30, said Reddy.

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Contingency plans

The city had also given the go-ahead for smaller gatherings.

In Rosen Park, Durbanville, 200 people from various businesses would form a human chain along Durban Road, from the traffic lights at Old Oak Road, to Bella Rosa Street, between 12:00 and 13:00.

At an open space next to Gordon High School in Somerset West, 150 people would gather from 12:00 to 14:00.

The ACDP in Atlantis had organised for 500 people to meet at the Silverstream Hotel parking lot at 11:00.

Twenty people would gather on the pedestrian walkway on the Joostenberg Vlakte side of the bridge at Maroela Way in Kraaifontein, from 06:30 to 07:30.

The city’s safety and security team would assist the police in regulating the gatherings from beginning to end, including putting temporary road closures in place where necessary.

“If any groups protest without a permit, the South African Police Service will act as the lead enforcement agency in terms of public order policing, and City Law Enforcement will provide support,” Reddy said.

City services would continue as normal, with contingency plans in place for staff who had applied for leave to attend the gatherings.
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