Minstrel Association 'livid' after court ruling

The City says Bo-Kaap residents complained about noise and safety, prompting the interdict.

FILE: Celebrations at the annual Cape Minstrels Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Supporters of the Cape Town Carnival Minstrel Association say they are livid after a court ruling preventing some of them from marching last night.

Yesterday the association approached the Cape Town High Court to contest an interdict by the city banning them to continue marching in Bo-Kaap's streets.

The City's Zara Nicholson says the association was asked to apply for an events permit to comply with national and provincial legislation after receiving complaints from Bo-Kaap residents about noise and safety concerns these past few weeks.

"As a last resort and a preventative measure, it was agreed in a meeting between the city and the South African Police Service as well as residents that we would seek an urgent interdict."

But Moeshfieka Botha, a supporter of the association, says she won't let the ruling get her down.

"We've had such a fantastic season, such a brilliant road march which is put up by the minstrels themselves and not the city, the competitions were put up by the minstrels, not by the city, so we are actually not going to allow the city to negatively affect our season."

The court ruled that only five troops who are from the Bo-Kaap, could march last night.