Domenica, 07 Febbraio 2016 16:11 | Permission granted for SONA protests

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Cape Town – Thousands of people representing threeorganisations have been granted permission to protest in the Cape Town CBD onthe day President Jacob Zuma presents his State of the Nation address (SONA).

With the EFF demanding answers and the ANC Youth Leaguethreatening a "civil war", all eyes will be on Zuma in Parliament onThursday.

The president will deliver the SONA on Thursday in ajoint sitting of Parliament.

Thus far, three organisations have applied for, and beengranted, permission to protest in the CBD on that day.

City of Cape Town spokesperson Priya Reddy said the"Zuma Must Fall" movement had permission for 5 000 participants.

Ses'Khona People’s Rights Movement had permission for1 500 participants, while the DA had permission for 500 protesters.

She said Public Order Policing, National Intelligence,the Presidential Protection Services, the SA Police Services and the City ofCape Town's traffic services and metro police were all consulted on theprotests.

SONA is attended by MPs, the Cabinet, the judiciary,business leaders, trade unions and foreign guests.

The EFF wants to know why Zuma fired Nhlanhla Nene asfinance minister in December.

Party leader Julius Malema said last week they would"share" SONA with Zuma in their search for answers.

And while the DA has said that they would not be part ofany disruptions, the party has also called for answers on Nene's dismissal.

The ANCYL on Sunday threatened firm action against anyonewho disrupted Parliament during Sona.

Leader Collen Maine told a rally in Soshanguve that theywould defend the nation and "the revolution" at SONA.

"Those who seek to disrupt the State of the Nationmust prepare themselves for a civil war. We wish to inform the Speaker of theParliament not to organise security on that day. The youth league willphysically remove wood workers from Parliament," he said.

Parliament has said it is ready for the big day.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Department of Basic Educationwill brief Parliament on the 2015 Matric Results and the schools reopening.

On Wednesday, the higher education and trainingdepartment will brief MPs on registration and enrolment at universities andTVET Colleges. Higher education funding will also be in the spotlight.

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