Thousands to protest against Pharrell Williams and Woolworths


US singer Pharrell Williams (R) performs on the Stravinski Hall stage at the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 07 July 2014.

CAPE TOWN - Thousands of protestors are expected at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town on Monday night ahead of the Pharrell Williams concert.

Members of pro-Palestinian group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) have been involved in a year-long dispute with Woolworths.

They have demanded that  Woolworths refrain from stocking Israeli products and have promised to demonstrate against the singer&39;s partnership with the retail group.

On Friday, BDS won a morale-boosting victory when the Western Cape High Court reversed the City of Cape Town&39;s restriction on the number of protesters allowed at the Pharrell Williams concert.

The court found the restriction to be unconstitutional, and gave the go-ahead for 16,000 people to protest until 4pm.

The City of Cape Town was ordered to pay all legal costs.

In a press statement, BDS said they expected Pharrell Williams to face “the largest protest any artist would have faced since the end of Apartheid”.