Tensions rise in KZN ahead of planned Friday marches and counter-marches


Tensions rise in KZN ahead of planned Friday marches and counter-marches

Nathi Olifant | 2017-04-06 17:46:58.0

The DA-organised March will commence from the Old Circus Site on Sandile Thusi Road to The Amphitheatre on the beachfront at 9am. File photo.

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There are fears that differences between the ANC and DA could be settled on the streets of Durban on Friday as the two organisations hold simultaneous marches in the city centre.

A string of counter marches by the ANC‚ the ANC Youth League and organisations sympathetic to the ruling party are planned for Durban and KwaZulu-Natal to thwart Black Friday protesters.

KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL spokesman Mandla Shange said‚ “We heard there are whites marching somewhere in the beachfront. We will be joining them. [The] problem is that our items are not the same. We just hope we do not outnumber them”.

The Youth League marchers will gather at 8am at the Durban Christian Centre.

While eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has already threatened to arrest “illegal” protestors citing “treason”‚ it has not dampened the spirit of those who have planned to march.

The DA-organised March for Change in Durban will commence from the Old Circus Site on Sandile Thusi Road (formerly Argyle Road) to The Amphitheatre on the beachfront at 9am‚ while the Scottburgh march organised by member of the public will start from the Riverside entrance to the south coast town at 10.30am.

Another civic/DA-organised march is planned for Howick Falls in the KZN Midlands and the gathering will be from 9am to 10am.

The ANC in the in the greater KwaDukuza Region will be holding a mass march against “white-monopoly capital forces which are seeking to use the working class as a vehicle for deception in attacking the ANC through their campaign to shut down South Africa on Friday”.

The region is urging the public to refrain from participating in the shut down South Africa or Black Friday campaign which they say is organised by the opposition parties and other “counter-revolutionary forces”.

“We believe that the strategy to shut-down South Africa won’t solve anything but it’s a drive to exploit poor and needy citizens who make up the majority of the population‚” said spokesman Lucky Makhathini.

Progressive Youth in Business (PYB) national chairperson Malusi Zondo advised their members not to participate in the planned march on Friday saying the march was not a PYB priority.

“Our key focus is to ensure that the youth of this country participate broadly in the mainstream economy of South Africa and not to protest against a democratically elected head of state”.

– TMG Digital/The Times

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