In a speech to the Transvaal National Party conference on 21 October, 1989, President FW de Klerk made the following remarks regarding the right to protest”

“The right of everyone to be heard, to express their points of view and even to protest, is recognised provided that it takes place within the law and good order is taken into consideration.  Within this framework a strict and watchful eye has been kept on various marches.  A pattern has been established of obtaining the prescribed permission, taking into account factors such as traffic and the rights of other citizens to go about their business undisturbed.  That’s the way it should be in a civilised country.”