What the Gatherings Act says

The Gatherings Act regulates matters associated with gatherings that are held in private or public spaces like streets, parks, steps of a building, etc. The Gatherings Act is a manual that explains in detail exactly what must be done, and how, in order for a gathering to be legal. In terms of the Gatherings Act a gathering is a march, picket, or parade of more than 15 people. Further, the Act says a gathering is an activity that expresses any form of contestation or is critical towards whomsoever, whether it is, for example, a person, a company or government body.

You do not need to ask permission for a gathering but you do need to inform the relevant local authority about your intention to protest. A demonstration of 15 people or less requires no notification.