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ANCYL marching through CPT CBD

ANCYL protesters have begun marching to the Western Cape Legislature.

ANCYL members on 27 August 2012. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members arrived at the Salt River Train Station in Cape Town just before 11am.

Supporters finally took to the streets, after a delay which the league said was due to transport issues.

ANC youths are marching to the Western Cape Legislature in protest of poor service delivery, Government's proposed youth wage subsidy backed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the possible closure of 27 schools in the province.

But Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said she would not receive their memorandum of grievances until the league withdrew its threat to make the province's capital city ungovernable.

"I've said that if the ANCYL withdraws its threats to make Cape Town ungovernable and apologises, I will personally be there."

There is a heavy police presence at Keizegracht Street, where the protesters will gather ahead of their march to the legislature.

Protesters will move from Keizergracht Street along Darling Street, left into Adderley Street, and then to the provincial buildings in Wale Street.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town said it did not foresee any major disruptions as a result of the march.

City spokesperson Kylie Hatton said there were strict instructions as to when the march should conclude.

"The march participants have been informed they need to return along the same route by no later than 1h30pm."

Heavy traffic is not expected either, as roads will only be closed temporarily, depending on where the march is.

The police's Andre Traut said they would monitor proceedings throughout the day.

"We'll concentrate on the intimidation of the general public particularly, because it is regarded a serious offence.

Police have been deployed all over the city and surrounding areas."

"The Western Cape police will be ready to deal with any situation which may occur during the protest action this morning. We will not tolerate lawlessness. Any person who disobeys the law will be dealt with accordingly."

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