Its Friday, a day set to march against ‘Zuma’s excesses’ in the country. For those who are skeptical about the legality of the protest march, SA court in Pretoria has on Thursday night given a go ahead order to the Friday march.
Save SA campaign group received court order guarantying it to proceed with its nationwide shutdown against President Jacob Zuma and his administration.
The SA court order reads:
Prior to the SA court order in support of the Friday protest, some municipalities still insist no anti Zuma protest will hold. In Pretoria for instance, Acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane declared just shortly before the announcement of the court order, all marches in Pretoria illegal.
Similarly, eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede said on Thursday that marching against President Jacob Zuma would be tantamount to treason.
Speaking to TMG Digital‚ Gumede reportedly said all those who go ahead with the march will be arrested and prosecuted.
“I don’t think we must politicize such an issue. All what we need to do is come together. This is our country and we must‚ all of us‚ join hands and work together to ensure we go back to our status where we belong. This march is uncalled for and I will tell the community to refrain from these nasty marches‚” Gumede told SABC radio.
“For you to march‚ you need all the logistics‚ like the police and Metro Police. This has not been the case‚” she said.
SAPS spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane however noted that the police department is yet to receive directive about arresting anyone participating in the protest.
He said the police force will however be on patrol to monitor the situation and ensure that it was as peaceful as government had wanted it.
“We appeal to anyone whose behaviour is undesirable to consider their actions carefully. We can’t prevent a march from taking place but if permission has been granted‚ it’s the right of the people.” he said
DA caucus leader in eThekwini‚ Zwakele Mncwango‚ whose party the April 5 letter was addressed to‚ said march organizers had met with police officials. Metro Police spokesman Sibonelo Mchunu confirmed the meeting and said that security plans were in place.
“As Metro Police‚ we’re making security plans with SAPS. I can’t divulge the security plans in advance … but with every march‚ protest or gathering has a security plan. There was a Section 4 meeting between the [march] organizers‚ SAPS and us. Security plans are confidential [and] intended to secure the people‚” said Mchunu.
Save SA is expected to march to the Union Buildings to demand that Zuma step down following his unpopular Cabinet reshuffle a week ago in which Pravin Gordhan was sacked as finance minister.
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Meanwhile, SA government reiterated that the Friday march should not hinder work activities across the country. “It is a normal working day,” a statement from the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said late on Thursday.
Protesters are also warned to refrain from any form of intimidation and destruction of property.
“Marchers should avoid making inflammatory statements or provocative actions that could incite violence. Conveners of the march should together with their marshals cooperate with the law enforcement agencies who will be deployed to serve and protect all citizens and property.” The GCIS concluded saying