Zille to receive memo from protesters

Protesters will descend on the civic centre today in a march over housing and service delivery.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will personally receive a memorandum from protesters taking part in an ANC-led march. Picture: Stephen Phillipson/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The office of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says she will personally receive a memorandum from protesters taking part in an ANC-led march.

Demonstrators will descend on the civic centre and the provincial legislature later today in a march over housing and service delivery.

Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbhele says the premier will also address the crowds.

"The premier will be ready to receive the memorandum from the ANC. We are more than happy for anybody to exercise their right to demonstrate and picket."

Meanwhile, the ANC's Songezo Mjongile has reiterated the DA is doing very little to help the poor in the Western Cape.

"What we are seeing is the redirecting of resources from the historically disadvantaged into your more privileged areas. There are many issues that we have raised and the response that we have received has been a very dismissive attitude."

Law enforcement officials will occupy the Cape Town City Centre ahead of the march.

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

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.

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