Johannesburg – The Western Cape ANC plans to marchthrough Cape Town to celebrate the 26th anniversary of former president NelsonMandela's release from prison, ahead of the State of the Nation address onThursday.
However, the City of Cape Town’s Priya Reddy said theparty had not been given permission to do so.
The ANC said in a statement that "masses" ofpeople would meet at Keizersgracht from 14:00, where party leaders wouldexplain proceedings.
Reddy said if they gathered, police would be deployed.
ANC Western Cape provincial spokesperson Jabu Mfusi saidthe DA-run city was abusing its power.
“We are celebrating, with discipline, our icon. What’swrong about that?”
Reddy said police had approved three marches - by theSes'khona People's Rights Movement, #ZumaMustFall movement, and by the DA.
Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison onFebruary 11 1990.