Urgent bid lodged to limit protesters at Pharrell concert

The BDS against Israel in South Africa organisation has called on thousands to join the protest action.

FILE: Pharrell Williams. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Sun International has lodged an urgent Western Cape High Court bid to limit the number of pro-Palestinian protesters at an upcoming Pharrell Williams concert.

The internationally acclaimed musician will be performing at the Grand West Arena as part of a joint initiative with Woolworths next week.

But the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa organisation, which is campaigning against the retailer's import of Israeli products, has promised to protest at the event in a bid to focus attention on the plight of Palestinians.

The City of Cape Town has granted the organisation a permit for 150 protesters.

The movement, however, has taken to social media to recruit thousands.

Sun International's Michael Farr says the interdict is merely to avoid a logistical nightmare.

"The wide call for thousands of people to join the protest; the problem with that was that the permit that was granted is a permit that is limited. The reason for the number on the permit is to do with the safe access to the property. The property is on a major road."