AS IT HAPPENED: Cape Town buses operating again, heavy police presence in CBD

2016-10-26 09:33

Police are maintaining a heavy police presence outside Parliament as government workers start clearing the streets of bricks and other debris.


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26 Oct 17:41
And calm appears to have returned to the Parliament area. Photo by Paul Herman.

26 Oct 17:34

UPDATE from Golden Arrow's bus service: "Law enforcement are escorting our buses back into the City and we are clearing passengers as quickly as traffic allows. Please wait at your regular bus stop or make your way to the Golden Acre. Thank you once again for your patience."

The MyCiti bus service also stated that it is operating normally again but commuters should expect delays.

26 Oct 17:21
Police keeping a heavy presence on Barrack Street, CT.

26 Oct 16:57
Roads that were closed earlier for the protest in Cape Town CBD have been reopened. Though motorists can expect to encounter heavy traffic.

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Windows have been smashed at Cape Town station

26 Oct 16:45
Roeland and Barrack Streets were cordoned off and stun grenades could be heard near Cape Town CBD train station.

26 Oct 16:41
Police are maintaining a heavy police presence outside Parliament as government workers start clearing the streets of bricks and other debris.

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Still the scene outside Parliament. Photo by News24's Jenni Evans.

26 Oct 16:24
ICYMI: From earlier

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A smashed police van. (Supplied)

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Fire and debris on Strand Street. (Paul Herman, News24)

26 Oct 15:48

An eyewitness who did not want to be named said he witnessed people having an altercation in Plein Street, when one of the man's friends allegedly picked up a half a brick and threw it towards the other man.

The eyewitness said the man was hit in the head and fell straight over. There was a lot of blood. Paramedics bandaged him up and he eventually got up into an ambulance

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Reports of Golden Arrow buses being stoned. Passengers possibly injured.

26 Oct 15:33
Many more police officers being deployed on the streets outside Parliament.

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Shops across the CBD are closing down as some protesters stone windows and cars. The McDonald's opposite Cape Town station has had its window smashed. 

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Some students are telling others to stop recording video. Rubbish bins being turned over and set alight.

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Protesters are now ripping up pavement on the corner of Barrack Street to get bricks, reports News24's Nick Pawson.

26 Oct 15:10
Students have reportedly scattered throughout the CBD, with some stoning windows and cars.

26 Oct 15:08
News24's Jenna Etheridge says a burning box coffin was thrown by students over police's heads. A cop then rushed with fire extinguisher to put it out. This prompted police to fire.

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Police have remained very calm despite students climbing on top of their vans

26 Oct 14:25
Students appear to be getting restless. 

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Student leaders are addressing the crowd. Police remain protecting the gates of Parliament.

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Students have climbed on top of police vehicles and barbed wire. 

26 Oct 13:50
To follow the action inside Parliament, go to our live updates over at Fin24:

26 Oct 13:48
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was called a "coward" as he signed memorandum and walked away. Students want Blade.

26 Oct 13:45
Student leader warns Gordhan: "We want to tell you, if our demands are not met, universities will remain shutdown. We promise."

26 Oct 13:34
No sign of Blade Nzimande yet. Students are calling for him to come out. 

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26 Oct 13:22
A police helicopter circles over Parliament

26 Oct 13:14
An abundance of blue helmets await students 

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