De Lille: Precautions ahead of CT protests

Thousands of protesters are expected to take to the city centre on Friday.

FILE: Housing protesters make their way in the Cape Town CBD on 30 October 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Although Cape Town authorities are bracing themselves for a potentially violent protest march in the city centre on Friday, organisers insist the demonstration will be peaceful.

Thousands of residents of local townships and informal settlements are expected to march on the provincial legislature on Friday.

Protestors caused havoc during a previous march.

Damage to an Adderley Street shop front after protesters demonstrated in the Cape Town CBD on 30 October 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

Police and other law enforcement bodies will be deployed across the city centre in a bid to control the crowd.

The City of Cape Town on Wednesday applied for an interdict to try and stop the illegal march from going ahead.

Mayor Patricia De Lille says they're concerned that the gathering could result in violence.

"We've done this to protect law-abiding citizens, businesses and people who want to go about their normal businesses as per their daily schedule."

March organisers, however, say they have appealed to its members to be disciplined.