Cape Town protest - as it happened

2014-02-27 11:56

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Cape Town - Groups of protesters have spread out around Cape Town, including in the CBD and Woodstock suburb just outside the city. 

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15:12 - One more thing for train commuters: Protest action not expected to impact on afternoon peak trains. SAPS & Protection Services maintain a strong presence to ensure order, Metrorail says. 

15:03 - OK, looks as if it's all over. If you have any information or photos, let us know via the links on top. Cheers.

14:53 -


14:51 - Protesters are now at the Grand Parade. A shop was looted at Grand Central (near the Parade). A fight broke out and cops arrived. Sanity restored. 

14:40 - No more police vans outside legislature buildings. All back to normal by the sounds of it. 

14:37 - Premier Helen Zille's Zak Mbhele says the premier will meet with the leaders when they stop making threats of ungovernability.

14:25 - Sounds as if everything has calmed down - many of the police vans and journalists have left Cape Town station. Traffic is flowing. 

14:24 - Twelve people, including protest leaders, have been arrested.

14:16 - Some photos from earlier during the protest:

14:09 - Things were pretty hectic earlier...

14:05 - More than 15 police vans at Cape Town station.

13:59 -


13:57 -


13:44 - Unrelated to the protest: Shark spotted at Muizenberg Beach. Water cleared as a precaution.

13:42 -


13:38 -


13:32 - Ten protesters have been arrested already. This includes Sithembele Majova, leader of Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement (who arranged the protest).

13:26 - MyCiti says: "We are monitoring the situation and will advise if anything changes. No impact at this point." Trying to get an update from Metrorail about trains too but nothing yet. 

13:16 - Tension easing at Cape Town station...protesters driven onto train platforms...small groupings still standing around - Dane McDonald.

13:15 - Another photo of one of the arrested people. See more photos here


13:12 - Meanwhile the DA are protesting in Pretoria against Uganda's 'anti-gay' law. Just a little FYI. 


13:08 -


13:07 - Wow... 

13:03 - Some women at Cape Town station also ran screaming as police revved their motorbikes.


13:01 - Calm outside the provincial legislature. Police moved out to different areas of CBD. 

12:59 - Scores of people moving towards Cape Town train station. Police confronting group as songs continue, says Dane McDonald.

12:55 -


12:53 - Sithembele Majova leader of Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement (who arranged the protest) has just been arrested.

12:44 -


12:42 - See footage of smoke billowing over the N2 in Cape Town as illegal protesters attempting to enter the city clashed with police. Video uploaded by Spenelo on YouTube. 

12:39 - A News24 user sent in this video of police gathering at Cape Town station as protesters converged on the city for an illegal march.

12:38 - More sirens heard...


12:36 -


12:32 - News24's Dane McDonald is there:


12:30 - Traffic is backed up as smoke rises from the protest in the CBD. (Facebook) 

12:25 - Golden Acre shopping centre has also been shut.

12:25 - Here's a handy map of where the protesters are or were:

View Cape Town protesters in a larger map 

12:23 -


12:17 - Stay away from the Civic Centre areas. Buildings are on lockdown. Property is being vandalized and some cars have been set alight, says tweeter Cape Town Bru. Not confirmed though. 

12:16 - Some of the protesters say they are here to support axed ANC councillor Luyiso Nkohla who's in court on Thursday (today). Unconfirmed though.

12:15 -


12:09 - If you're at Cape Town #designindaba or in the city, be alert of illegal service delivery protesters heading to CBD, tweets Ulrich J v Vuuren. 

12:07 - Hearing more sirens.

12:05 - See pictures of the protest here

12:04 - More police sirens being heard in the CBD. Seen some water cannons too. Our building in Adderley Street is on lockdown. Vendors have been warned to close stalls.

11:59 - Stun grenades were fired at Cape Town Station. Protesters dispersed.

11:55 - Stun grenades and police sirens sounded through the city as police rushed to the scenes of the protests.

Beeld reporter James Styan quoted police as saying they were “thin on the ground”. 

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