Cape Town CBD march ends with looting and violence despite reassurances

On Thursday morning (March 26), we found out that the City of Cape Town was preparing itself for a march by the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement to the Western Cape provincial legislature.

Officials were considering withdrawing the permit given to the organisers of the march, as there were hints during a community radio station broadcast where Ses'hkona members told supporters to carry weapons and to loot stalls afterwards.

Kieno Kammies spoke to Richard Bosman, Executive Director for Safety and Security for the City of Cape Town, and Sithembele Majova, spokesperson for the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement.

Majova explained how they would have measures in place to ensure that order would be maintained.

Listen to the interview here:

I'm going to be laying a charge of incitement and intimidation against him (Majova) myself, once I have the transcripts of the radio broadcast from the night before

Richard Bosman - Executive Director for Safety and Security - City of Cape Town

Sadly, things did get out of hand, and stalls at Cape Town station and in St George's Mall were looted.

We arranged with both Richard Bosman and Sithembele Majova to join us again in the aftermath - and while Bosman spoke to us, Majova's phone was off. Our producers also tried various other members from Ses'khona, but their phones were off, too.

Bosman was forthright in his response, saying that while the march to the provincial legislature took place relatively peacefully, it was after the speech by Ses'khona leader Andile Lili that the crowd dispersed and a small group of between 150 and 200 participants peeled off towards St George's Mall, that the trouble started.

He added that he was among the crowd when this took place, and spotted Majova taking no action to stop the looting. Bosman then went up to Majova and reminded him of his promise made during the interview.

Listen to Kieno Kammies' follow-up interview with Richard Bosman below:


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