Peacock said JMPD’s stated reason is that Operation Dudula has been issuing and circulating messages of intimidation and threats of disruption and violence directed at KAAX, their march and any “illegal” migrants who participate.
“The JMPD took this decision despite the fact that KAAX’s notification process (under the Regulation of Gatherings Act) followed all relevant procedures to the letter and that it is precisely the job of the police to enforce the law and protect those exercising their right to protest.
“As a result of these developments, we will be approaching the High Court to file an application to overturn the prohibition. While we fully expect that this application will be successful, we strongly feel that by shifting the march forward to Saturday 26th KAAX can better ensure that the police do their job, that the conditions for Operation Dudula to carry through with their intimidation and violent threats will be much narrowed and that we will be in a stronger position to further mobilise public support and participation, both here and abroad.”
The group also urged all those who desire an inclusive, tolerant, equal and more just society to come join us to celebrate diversity, defend equality and struggle for justice for all.
Recently, the township of Alexandra in Gauteng became a temporary battleground as South African citizens ended up in violent clashes with a group of foreigners.
Some locals fear that the xenophobia which engulfed this part of the country three years ago is now back with a vengeance.