On the 7th of April 2017, South Africans are coming together to peacefully protest for change. We've listed the march locations from around South Africa for Friday below.
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking at a fundraising event on Saturday night, also appeared to be advocating for change.
If your location is not listed below, feel free to gather at City and Town Halls or Community Centres from noon, to ensure your participation in the movement.
The following peaceful protests are scheduled throughout the nation:
- Cape Town: 7 April – Gather outside Parliament from noon
- (Time 12pm) March from Kaizergracht Street to the gates of Parliament.
- (Time 12pm) In front of the Iziko Museum.
- Freeway Bridge Banners: Have placards made to depict messages and gather in groups on bridges over freeways during peak hour traffic on Friday 7th from 06h00 to 08h00 and 16h00 to 18h30. After Friday, we suggest the public organize themselves to do this every day for the next two weeks.
- Occupy Church Square: from 4 April (ongoing 24hrs per day) Various civil society organisations have set up camp at Church Square in Pretoria. Everyone is invited to join them.
- March from Church Square to Union buildings Gather at Church Square from 10am. March will start at 1pm.
In Gauteng, people are encouraged to join the Occupy Church Square protest in Pretoria held for 24-hours a day, every day until Friday 7th of April and then, on Friday, to gather in Church Square from 10am to march from 1pm to the Union Buildings.
Those who are unable to attend the march on Friday are encouraged to take to the streets outside their places of work between 12 and 3pm.
Other Times and locations:
- (Time 6h30am) Corner of Beyers Naude and Preller Streets (stationary)
- (Time 7am) Corner of William Nicol and Sandton Drive. (stationary)
- (Time 10am) Westgate Transport Hub ending at Mary Fitzgerald Square.
- (Time 12pm) Sandton Precinct (stationary)
- (Time 1pm) Sandton Square Mile March – Corner of Grayston and Rivonia.
- Current plans for the march is for people to meet at 9am by the Durban Circus site – opposite the old Durban drive-in, on the corner of Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Road and the M4 Ruth First Highway. The march will proceed to Ampitheatre Park along Durban’s North Beach, and back to the gathering point.
- 11am at North Beach in Front of Joe Cools on Friday for the dbn leg of walk for a corruption free South Africa. We will walk to Durban City Hall and handover a petition signed by us all asking for Zuma to stand down. The time is here to stand together as one Durban of all races
- (Time 9am) Sandile Thusi Road (Argyle Road) to Amphitheater at the Beachfront.
- Vuyisile Mini Square, Port Elizabeth – 13:00
- Mass drive from Pick n Pay Hyper parking lot starting at 8:30am, left into William Moffett, right into Cape Road, Russell Road, Freeway to Walmer Boulevard, Buffelsfontein Road, right into William Moffett again. Please bring flags and banners to wave from your cars. This will be a slow (30-40km/h) peaceful convoy drive where we all come together to show our displeasure at the current situation of our country!
- Hoffman Square, Mangaung, 11h30 or Welkom Municipal Offices – 10:00
- North West: Matlosana Stadium – 10:00
Other Areas in SA
- Nelspruit Primary School – 11:00
- Perseverance College, Kimberley – 09:30
George we therefore invite all members of the community town wide picketing campaign that will insure all partake in the event, and to also comply with the by-laws of our town.
- Picketing will be done at the following intersections from 07:30-11:00
- Witfontein Rd & Ct Langenhoven Rd (Blanco)
- Unity Park
- York Str & Albert Str
- York Str & Albertinia Str & CJ Langenhoven
- York Str & Mark Str & St John’s Str
- York Str & Platner Blvd & Union Str
- York & Hope Str
- York Str & Discovery str & P.W.Botha Blvd
- Beach Rd Delville Park & Eden Park Robot
- Beach Rd & Olimpic Str
- Beach Rd & Mission Str
- Nelson Mandela Blvd & Sandkraal Road ( 4 Way Thembalethu)
- Nelson Mandela Blvd & Vuyani Ncamaza Str & Main Str
- Boetas Robot (Borchards)
- Nelson Mandela Blvd & Buitekant Str & Pienaar Str
- Nelson Mandela Blvd & Fabriek Str & Luven Str (Sasol )
- Albert Str & Cradock Str
- Knysna Rd & 3rd Str
- Knysna Rd & 4th Str
- Knysna Rd (Garden root Mall)
People are encouraged to assemble at 10am at the riverside (entrance to Scottburgh). The march will commence at 10.30, proceed past Blue Marlin, along Scott Street up to the traffic circle and then towards the municipality ending at the flea market site. Should be finished by 12h00.
DA Makana, together with DASO, will be joining the vigil organized for Friday at Church Square (outside the Cathedral) from 1pm- 2pm.
Walk at 11h00 at TBC in Port Alfred
Gathering at the Memorial Square Knysna 10am - 12 noon
The Town hall at 08:15
Multiparty Interfaith March at 11h00 at Hexagon, Queenstown
City Hall, Oxford Street
Pick 'n Pay on Samora Machel Road at 11:00 the march will finish at Nelspruit Rugby Club
The march will begin at Hoffman Square from 11:30
Gather at the Klerksdorp Recreation Club from 10:00
East London/Great Kei
Crossways Shopping Centre at 13:00, this is a silent protest
International Protest Locations
At the South African High Commission, London form 11:00am - 13:00pm on Saturday (the 8th of April)
At the South African Embassy, Berlin from 16:30 - 18:30pm
SA Gov on Twitter
- Go with friends.
- If you can't help it don't go alone. It's helpful to make a plan for where and when you'll meet up should you get separated.
- Bring essentials—but nothing valuable
- Be practical.
Dealing With The POPO
- If you are stopped while peacefully protesting, stay calm. Don't lie to the police or reveal any unnecessary information, and don't try to talk yourself out of the situation.
- Know your rights, If the police detain you and start questioning you, know your rights but don't abuse them.
What To Do If You're Under Arrest
- Don't resist, even if you think the arrest is unfair.
- If you're being searched, clearly say that you do not consent.
If You Think Your Rights Have Been Violated
- Don't challenge authorities at the scene of a protest.
- Take notes and record every detail of the incident.
- It's your right to take pictures and video in a public space during a protest (as long as you're not interfering with law enforcement's ability to do their job).
Remember that this is a peaceful protest. Try be civil, respectful and know that the world is watching. You have a responsibility to show that we can stand together, protest peacefully and make a real difference to the future of South Africa.
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