Court allows thousands to protest outside Pharrell Williams' concert

A high court has allowed 16,000 protesters to gather outside US singer, Pharrell Williams' concert.

FILE: 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 - A high court is allowing 16,000 protesters to gather outside US singer, Pharrell Williams' concert in two days.

The Western Cape High Court today ruled in favour of pressure group, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa (BDS), which has been fighting for permission to hold a massive gathering outside the concert to be held at Grand West Casino on Monday.

The organisation took the City of Cape Town to court after it allowed only 150 people to picket outside the venue.

Williams, who recently performed in Tel Aviv, has come under fire from the pro-Palestinian groups for partnering with retailer, Woolworths, accused of trading with the Jewish state.

BDS spokesperson Kwara Kekana said, "The judge declared that decision and conditions were given to us by the City of Cape Town in line with the Constitution and therefore invalid. The judge has given us permission to gather 16,000 outside the Grand West Casino."