Our ward councillor Matthew Kempthorne issued this statement last night:
Rondebosch Common Event
Late last year the RNW (Rosebank Neighbourhood Watch) and a number of other roleplayers alerted the City that a gathering was being planned for Rondebosch Common. Since then both SAPS and the City have been monitoring the situation.
An application was made to the City on January 13th for a gathering at Rondebosch Common this coming weekend, in terms of the nationally prescribed Gatherings Act. The organisers where invited to attend a meeting at the Civic Centre on 19th January at 12pm, in order for negotiations to take place concerning the application. The representatives failed to arrive by 12:35 and the meeting was adjourned.
A letter was sent on to the organisers on 19 January 2012 informing them that permission had not been granted for the march and/or gathering. No additional applications have been submitted.
No safety plan has been lodged with the South African Police Services (SAPS) for the proposed march (which is a legal requirement for events like this).
Any march or gathering will be an illegal gathering in terms of National regulations (Gatherings Act No 295 of 1993) and any persons taking part can face criminal prosecution.
The SAPS and the City are now preparing for the possibility of an illegal gathering and are taking all precautions to manage the situation. The SAPS will take the lead in monitoring and managing the situation and City law enforcement will assist and support.
There will be a heightened SAPS and law enforcement presence in the area from Thursday.
In the event that a gathering goes ahead members of the community are requested to alert the SAPS and allow them to manage the situation.
Please call me direct for any additional information on 084 681 0012.
Cllr Matthew Kempthorne