BDS welcomes court decision to picket outside Pharrell's concert

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

FILE: BDS took the City of Cape Town to court after it allowed only 150 people to picket outside the venue. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Pro-Palestine pressure group, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa (BDS) has welcomed a Western Cape High Court decision to allow 16,000 protestors to gather outside the venue of American singer, Pharrell Williams's concert in Cape Town.

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

T he High Court on Saturday ruled in favour of pressure group, BDS, which has been fighting for permission to hold a massive gathering outside the 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.

BDS spokesperson Kwara Kekana has urged their members to come out in numbers to support their march.

"People shouldn't be discouraged; people should come out in their numbers and definitely the protests Monday are still continuing. We are going to have even artists that are going to be present there, that have landed their support for this particular protest."