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Informal settlers to march in CT CBD

Informal settlers, led by the ANC, will today take their grievances over service delivery to the City Centre.

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

CAPE TOWN - Law enforcement officials will occupy the Cape Town City Centre ahead of a protest march being led by the African National Congress (ANC) today.

Scores of informal settlement residents are expected to descend on the CBD this morning.

They plan to march to the offices of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Provincial Premier Helen Zille to raise their grievances over housing and service delivery issues.

Late last year, a similar planned march in the city turned violent.

Rail operator Metrorail says supporters wearing ANC T-shirts or carrying march pamphlets and posters will be allowed to used its services at no cost during off-peak hours today.

ANC leaders have also indicated that some protesters will be brought in from communities across the city.

More than 2,000 people are expected to take part in the march before handing over memorandums at the offices of the mayor and premier.