According to the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has indicated that it won’t protect those taking part in the Friday Shutdown March from ANC’s threats of violence.
Information released by the leader of the DA, Mmusi Maimane related that the route for the Friday Shutdown March for Change has been amended due to ANC threats of violence.
“Following a meeting held this morning with members of the South African Police Service, we have been informed that the SAPS will be unable to protect our marchers and ensure their safety from threats of violence from the ANC,” Maimane disclosed.
Reports have it that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) warned those that would participate in the Friday Shutdown March that they’ll be attacked.
The Youth League’s Sifiso Mtsweni was quoted to have said:
“…The President of the African National Congress and the country will serve the remainder of his term as President of the ANC, and President of South Africa
We want to say to Mmusi Maimane, and his DA friends, we are waiting for you, on Friday, you will find the ANC youth league with sjamboks, and all weapons available at our disposal.”
Adding that numerous threats of violence have been received from the ANC’s Youth League and certain branches within the ANC, the DA leader identified that the threats necessitated the need to take safety measures.
“Therefore,” he said, “in order to ensure a safe, inclusive and non-partisan march which caters for all South Africans, the DA has taken a decision to amend the route and gathering point of our March for Change this Friday 7 April 2017.
“The March for Change will now begin at the Westgate Transport Hub at 10h00 on Friday morning, and will end at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg,” Maimane related.
With that, he reiterated the call for all South Africans from all political persuasions to join the March for Change.
“We once again call on all South Africans from all political persuasions to join us as we march through the streets of Johannesburg this Friday.
“I have this week extended invitations to members of civil society and the business community to join us.
“The March for Change has one clear goal: to unite South Africans across race, culture, religion and political affiliation in calling for Jacob Zuma to be removed as President,” stated the DA leader.