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DA awaits permission to march to ANC HQ

Political tempers are running high over plans by the Democratic Alliance to march on Luthuli House.

Political tempers are running high over plans by the Democratic Alliance to march on Luthuli House. Picture: WikiCommons

CAPE TOWN - Political tempers are running high over plans by the Democratic Alliance to march to Luthuli House in Johannesburg on 4 February.

Party Leader Helen Zille says she and 6,000 DA supporters want to highlight the failure by the African National Congress (ANC) to create jobs.

The DA is waiting to hear whether it has permission for the march from the police.

But the ANC has slammed the opposition party for what it has called a provocative publicity stunt and has warned it could result in conflict.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) says it's mobilising members to barricade the ANC's headquarters with a human shield of supporters.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu says the DA should reconsider.

"What happens when the membership of the ANC comes there to defend the ANC's headquarters on the day?"

The DA's Gauteng leader John Moodey has accused the party of implying a threat of violence.

"As a leader you should be able to say you will ensure you have control over your followers."

But the ANCYL is up in arms.

National convener Mzwandile Masina says, "We will make sure that the DA meets us on that day."

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