Democratic Alliance denies SACP Gauteng Province democratic right to stage anti-corruption protest march
14 September 2012
SACP Gauteng Province strongly condemns DA Midvaal municipality`s refusal to grant permission for a protest march that is to be held on the 16th September 2012. The protest march is against corruption following the Public Protector`s report and dismal failure by the this DA controlled Municipality to provide basic services to its residents.
SACP applied for a permit to march already on the 04th September 2012 in line with the maximum period required to stage a lawful protest. The only reason given is that the Mayor of the Municipality, Councillor Timothy Nast is not available to receive the Memorandum of Demands.
As an alternative, the SACP then proposed to the DA that since this is not a protest march to the personal and private property of the Mayor, he can delegate any member of the Mayoral Committee to receive the Memorandum of Demand, but the DA still without any sound reason refused.
Consistent with the DA`s historic racist and extremely right-wing attitude of undermining its residents, Councillor Nast tried to impose his date on the SACP by proposing dates that meet his own personal wishes.
SACP strongly believes this conservative and most right-wing behaviour of the DA that violates the country`s constitution and the human rights of the Midvaal residents, is a cheap ploy by the DA to hide exposure of its most shocking acts of corruption and dismal failure to provide proper services to the well deserving working class and poor residents of Midvaal.
SACP denounces this cowardly conduct of the DA, and to this extent call on the Mayor to allow the march to proceed as planned.
We are also considering as option in case the DA continues with this inhuman and racist conduct to immediately lodge on behalf of the Midvaal residents a formal complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against the DA`s violation of human rights and the country`s constitution.
Issued on behalf of the SACP Gauteng Province
Mamabolo Jacob: Provincial Secretary: 082 884 1868