Students face off with riot police in Cape Town CBD

2015-10-22 14:40
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2015-10-22 14:33

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Cape Town - Riot police are in a tense standoff with thousands of students in Darling Street, who are steadily advancing toward the officers.

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News24 reporters on the scene Thulani Gqirana and Jenni Evans said while ten policemen were facing the crowd, they were outnumbered.

"The [police] are ready with the rubber bullets," said Gqirana.

"The crowds are singing siyaya as they advance on the policemen."

She said students were arm-in-arm.

Gqirana said there were more than 2 000 people gathered in Darling Street.

Evans said the students were being warned by police. But, according to Gqirana, students were in turn telling police to "come and get them". Evans said more police have since arrived, with some 20 officers on the scene.

Earlier several stun grenades were fired at the protestors.

Students nationwide are protesting proposed fee hikes for 2016.

Read more on:    cape town  |  university fees

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