Police must fall, shout strikers at Parliament - As it happened

2015-11-11 12:22

Riot police have moved in on striking on the steps of Parliament, firing stun grenades and ordering them to leave the grounds.

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11 Nov 14:06
It looks as if it's quietening down at Parliament. So we'll be wrapping up here. But keep an eye on News24 should it flare up again.

11 Nov 13:55
Some of the police have left. Jenni Evans says nine officers are left, facing protesters.

11 Nov 13:50
Riot police stand ready at Parliament.

11 Nov 13:40
Strikers cheering as their comrade who was held by police has been released. 

11 Nov 13:34
Dlakude says the arrested person will be released.

11 Nov 13:19
Maimane has warned police to hang back because the situation could escalate.

11 Nov 13:15

11 Nov 13:15
Dlakude says police must allow them to negotiate. Policeman says he will take the take arrested person to a police station because it it hot and it would be inhumane to leave him in a vehicle.

11 Nov 13:14
Maimane addressing riot police now.

11 Nov 13:11
Dlakude is now asking for more time to negotiate for release of the one worker.

11 Nov 13:04

Some Parliamentary work is taking place on a car bonnet up here, says Jenni Evans.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane is now outside on the steps, trying to find out what will happen to arrested workers.

Below, a picture of officials working. 


11 Nov 13:00

11 Nov 12:50

11 Nov 12:48
ANC MP Doris Dlakude now seen addressing striking workers - asks that committees not be disrupted. Wants an opportunity to negotiate with police. Says they are disrupting committees and they don't know if those committees are dealing with their issues. Says she is going to try and negotiate with police for release of their member who was arrested.

11 Nov 12:44
Workers singing that they will sleep at Parliament, they are not going anywhere.

11 Nov 12:41
Workers have regrouped and are very jovial in middle of the precinct.

11 Nov 12:41

The strike began on Friday when hundreds of Nehawu employees downed tools over various issues, including the payment structure of bonuses and vetting of staff. These included committee secretaries, content advisors, cleaners and communication liaisons.

The photo below is from about 11:30 earlier this morning. It was taken by News24's Jenni Evans.


11 Nov 12:34
VIDEO: Stun grenades used on striking workers at Parliament

11 Nov 12:32
Strikers shouting "police must fall!" Now the EFF's Floyd Shivambu is addressing them.  Your demands are correct, he tells them. Police must go, he says.

11 Nov 12:31

11 Nov 12:29
Workers now sitting on the steps at Parliament.

11 Nov 12:28

11 Nov 12:27

11 Nov 12:26
Cops are pushing workers out of the gate and about 50 have gone back to the NCOP entrance. The gates have now been closed.

11 Nov 12:25
Twelve stun grenades have now been fired. There are about 200 people, says News24 reporter Thulani Gqirana. Workers are now moving from the National Council of Provinces and forming a chain. MPs are milling around. 

11 Nov 12:23

Riot police moved in on striking Parliament workers on Wednesday, firing stun grenades and demanding that they vacate the area.

Members of Parliament earlier expressed concern over their safety, following disruptions by striking workers on Wednesday.

This after workers declared that no committee would sit on Wednesday until their demands were met.Storming into various meeting rooms which had committees sitting, the workers blew vuvuzelas, whistles and sung until MPs abandoned their stations.

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