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Where Can You Protest in Your City?

Sherryn de Vos
2017-04-06
Are you one of the millions of South African’s who will be taking to the streets on Friday 7 April? Here is where to go!
South African’s all over the country have seemed to have had enough of the current state of affairs and have banded forces to take to the streets. A social media campaign that started last weekend,  encouraged South Africans to bring the nation to a standstill. In defiance and in sheer anger over the Zuma’s reckless decisions and the country being downgraded into junk status, mass protests have been organised. In the latest poll conducted on Twitter, 52% of responders are agreeing that they will join the march, while 29% are claiming they cannot get off work. 6% are unsure if they want to join in the protest action. All we can say is, that if change is what you seek in the country, we have an ultimate guide of where to go to add your voice!  
READ MORE about the Zuma/Gordhan controversy below

Cape Town

Thursday

The Mother City will see protests starting from Thursday. With the memorial service of Ahmed Kathrada taking place on Thursday, Cape Tonians will be lining the streets in a peaceful hand-holding picket. 12:00 The line will start at the gates of Parliament, down Plein into Spin, into Adderly and then up Wale t St. George Cathedral. 14:00 The memorial service will start with Pravin Gordhan as a keynote speaker 17:00 The 48-hour sit-in will start. A Tent camp will be set up on the corner of Adderly, Wale and Government Avenue.
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Friday

Friday will then see three marches in town center as well as human chains down most main roads: Cape Town Parliament Gathering: Organised by Outa, gather outside Parliament from 12:00 pm CT March: Organised by We Are South Africans / Zuma Must Fall and others, from Kaizergracht Street at 11:00 am March for Change:  Protesters are to meet at the Cape Town City Hall, from 11:30 am Human chains will be formed along key main roads throughout the cities:
  • Main Road- Simons Town
  • Main Road from Muizenburg to Cape Town
  • Voortrekker Road- Belville
  • West Coast Road- Marine Drive- Milnerton
  • Outside the Virgin Active on N2- Somerset West
Read More about Cape Town's plan to fight traffic congestion below

Durban

Durban Central: The March will start at Durban Circus site at 9:00 am, opposite the old Durban drive-in, on the corner of Sandile Thusi (Argyle Road) and the M4. Scottburgh March: Organised by Member’s of the Public, from the riverside (entrance to Scottburgh). March will commence at 10.30am Howick Falls, KZN Midlands: Organised by citizens of the Midlands and DA, gathering from 9 am to 10 am.

Johannesburg

Randburg March: will start at World Wear at 6:30 am, run along Beyers Naude Drive and march toward Beyers Naude Bridge. Central Johannesburg: A march has been organised from a march from the Westgate transport hub to Mary Fitzgerald Square, the march starts at 10:00 am  Bedfordview: Residents are encouraged to picket on bridges

Pretoria

  Church Square March: This has been organised by Save South Africa. Members of the organisation have already established themselves there in an overnight camp and the main march will start on Friday. The march will leave Church Square at noon and march along Church Road and arrive at the Union Buildings at 14:00 
Read More about the plan to fight traffic in Johannesburg below

Other Parts of the Western Cape

Knysna Gathering: Memorial Square Knysna will have a gathering from 10 am until noon.  George Picketing: Picketing will  be held at various intersections from 07:30 am – 11:00 am Mossel Bay March: A march will take place from Town Hall at 08:15 am Sedgefield, Garden Route: Meet at the traffic light on the N2 at 09:30 am and march the selected route

Northern Cape

March for Change: Members of the public are encouraged to meet at the Perseverance College, from 09:30 am

Free State

Welkom: The March for Change will begin at the Municipal offices from 10:00 am  Bloemfontein: The meeting hub will be Hoffman Square from 11:30 am and will go from there

North West

Klerksdorp: Gather at Klerksdorp Recreation Club from 10:00 am

Mpumalanga

The March for Change starts at 11:00 am from the R40 and Samora Machel Road

Helpful Hints If You Are Marching

  • Wear sneakers and comfortable socks
  • Take bottled water
  • Take a bottle with milk or Rennies dissolved in it should there be tear gas
  • Try and avoid wearing politically affiliated shirts, this is a joint voice against the President
  • Wear white, or something with the South African flag on it
  • Pack signage, South African flags and any non-offensive banners
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