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At least three organisations to stage marches ahead of #Sona2016

Several protests will take place ahead of the 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA) at Parliament on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Three different organisations have been approved to march in the central business district (CBD) by the City of Cape Town.

The #ZumaMustFall Movement, the Democratic Alliance and the Ses’khona People’s Movement will stage three separate marches hours before President Jacob Zuma’s set to take centre-stage.

Zuma Must Fall supporters will gather at Greenmarket Square and march to the Grand Parade, with a maximum of 5 000 protesters allowed.

DA demonstrators will assemble in Mill Street and can mobilise no more than 500 supporters.

Meanwhile, Ses’khona has been confined to demonstrate around Keizersgracht Road and is limited to 1 500 participants.

It is speculated that the National Assembly faces lockdown in anticipation of trouble from the civil society in the streets and opposition parties in the chambers.

While National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete remains mum on the details of Parliament’s security plans, she has advised that they are aware of the threats and have raised them in discussions with authorities.

The City of Cape Town and law enforcement bodies are readying themselves for the protests and will ensure that they remain far away from the precinct.

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