Sun International slammed for Pharrell protest interdict

Several organisations under the BDS movement say the application by the hotel group is ‘malicious’.

BDS’s Muhammed Desai says activists against the Woolworths and Pharrell Williams collaboration were trying to negotiate with the City of Cape Town. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Pro-Palestine organisations have slammed Sun International for taking activists to court for a planned protests against a concert by US pop star Pharrell Williams.

The hotel group, which owns Grand West Casino where Williams will be performing, on Monday launched an urgent court interdict to limit the number of people who plan to protest outside the event.

Several organisations under the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) South Africa movement are briefing the media on its response to the court application by the hotel group.

BDS National Coordinator Muhammed Desai says the court application is malicious and done in bad faith.

"Whilst there is an ongoing discussion happening for Grand West Casino, it would seem in collaboration and cooperation both with the City of Cape Town and Woolworths, to then go to court while activists are doing all they can to try and find a workable solution is really unfair, unjust and anti-democratic."