Media release

Government on marches at WSSD

31 August 2002

31 August 2002

The South African Government wishes to commend the leaders and the supporters of all the protest marches that took place today for the disciplined way in which they conducted themselves.

We are pleased to report that there were no reported incidents of criminal behaviour during the various marches.

The manner in which the marches were conducted and the atmosphere that prevailed, allowed people to express themselves freely and without fear.

We must also commend the South African security services for the professional manner in which they conducted themselves and protected everyone concerned.

Today's events are a shining example of the democratic values that exist in our country and the freedom that our people have to express themselves.

Joel Netshitenzhe
Cell: 082 900 0083

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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