South Africa

City may consider court action against Ses’Khona movement

The City of Cape Town condemns the violence and looting that accompanied the march by the Ses’Khona People’s Rights Movement in the Cape Town CBD on Thursday 26 March 2015.

“The City respects and supports the right of organisations to march or stage protest action, provided this is done in a lawful and orderly manner. However, we cannot tolerate any threats to the safety and well-being of the public at large, as witnessed – not for the first time – yesterday,” said City’s Deputy Mayor Alderman Ian Nelson.

Ses’khona movement marched to the provincial legislature demanding answers to their memorandum on service delivery issues in the Marikana Township, situated in Phillip.

The march, for which permission was granted after the organisers guaranteed that the gathering would be peaceful, proceeded in an orderly manner until the conclusion when a small number of participants ran through St George’s Mall, overturning bins and flower-pots, interfering with members of the public, and looting the stalls of several informal traders.

Currently the city is assessing whether there was any damage to public infrastructure and will pursue civil court action to recover these damages from the organisers.

The City is also considering what role it can play to assist the victims of looting and to ensure that such incidents are prevented from ever happening again.

City encourages any witness who has visual evidence identifying the culprits to the Mayor’s office.