The City of Cape Town has received a number of queries regarding proposed gatherings taking place tomorrow, 7 April 2017.
The City has received five notices for gatherings tomorrow. Notices were considered by the responsible officer in consultation with the authorised member of the South African Police Service.
During a meeting this morning, some of the groups who had submitted notices consolidated their submissions under the auspices of Voices to Save SA. This group has been granted permission for 8 000 participants to march tomorrow from 12:00 to 14:30. The approved route will start at Keizersgracht, proceed down Darling Street, then left into Adderley Street, left into Spin Street, right into Plein Street and on to Parliament. They will return via Roeland Street, then into Buitenkant Street, turn right into Darling Street and go back to Keizersgracht.
In addition, permission has been granted for the following smaller gatherings:
· Various businesses in Rosen Park, Durbanville: 200 participants forming a human chain along Durban Road, from the traffic lights at Old Oak Road to Bella Rosa Street from 12:00 – 13:00
· 150 participants gathering in the open space next to Gordon High School in Somerset West from 12:00 to 14:00
· 20 participants gathering on the pedestrian walkway on the Joostenberg Vlakte side of the bridge at Maroela Way from 06:30 – 07:30
· ACDP in Atlantis for 500 participants for Silverstream hotel parking lot at 11:00, down Wesfleur to Atlantis Court, finishing at 12:00
The City’s Safety and Security Directorate will assist the South African Police Service to regulate 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.
City services will continue as per normal on the day. Any City staff wishing to take part in gatherings will be required to take leave. Where staff have taken leave, contingency plans are put in place to ensure that the administration runs as normal.