Uncertainty over CT CBD protest

It’s unclear whether WC informal settlers will protest in the Cape Town CBD in coming days.

Protesters demonstrating in front of the Provincial Legislature in the Cape Town CBD on 30 October 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Two civil society groups will decide whether they will push ahead with a mass demonstration in the Cape Town CBD in coming days.

The Cape Town Informal Settlements Organisation (CTISO), along with the Ses'fikile People's Rights Movement, intend staging a protest march in the City Centre to raise grievances around poor living conditions of informal settlers.

A protest march planned for Friday last week was called off at the last minute when the City of Cape Town obtained a court interdict preventing the march from going ahead.

The city feared a repeat of the violence which marred a previous demonstration in the CBD several weeks ago.

In addition to denying the CTISO a permit to march, the city has also obtained an interdict against the group.

While the city is adamant no marches will take place, some members of the two organisations say with or without a permit, they are seriously considering going ahead with the demonstration anyway.

The city has warned that anyone who tries to take to the streets illegally will be arrested.