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DA will refuse to accept ANCYL memorandum

Helen Zille will refuse to accept the ANCYL's memorandum unless it retracts threats to make CT ungovernable.

ANCYL members gather in Salt River ahead of their protest to the Western Cape legislature on 27 August 2012. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - As ANC Youth League members congregate this morning to march to the provincial legislature, Western Cape government said they will refuse to accept a memorandum, unless the ANCYL retracts threats to make the city ungovernable.

The ANCYL will be marching in protest of poor service delivery, the Democratic Alliance (DA) youth wage subsidy and the possible closure of 27 schools in the province.

The ANCYL said they expect more than 10,000 supporters to participate.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Monday said she will not be waiting for them.

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

The ANCYL's Khaya Yozi said they refuse to claim responsibility for the recent spate of violent protests.

"If she claimed to order the service delivery she was talking about, these people would not have taken their struggle to the streets and subsequently ended up dying."

PROTEST DETAILS

A massive police presence is expected in the Cape Town CBD ahead of the march.

ANCYL's Mfuzo Zenzile said they will be meeting in two groups.

"Our masses know we'll convene at Salt River train Station, from there we'll move to Keizersgracht and thereafter we'll move directly to the legislature."

He explained the ANCYL's decision to take this particular route.

"When we applied for our march, we were told 10,000 people could not be accommodated through the Salt River route."

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

City bosses said the march should commence no later than 11am this morning.

The city's Kylie Hatton said there were strict instructions as to when the march should wrap up.

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

Hatton said there shouldn't be major traffic disruptions as roads will only be temporarily closed during march proceedings.

Protesters will begin meeting at the Salt River train station from 8:30am and move on to a gathering Keizersgracht at 10am.

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

The police's Andre Traut said they will 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."