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WATCH: Police manhandle pensioners and their supporters

06 May, 04:43 PM

This week senior citizens who are waiting for their pensions from a now-defunct State rail agency in the Eastern Cape took their plight to the steps of Parliament in Cape Town.

Those demanding government intervene worked for the apartheid-era Ciskei Transport Corporation (CTC) and SA Railways. They say when the new administration created new transport entities, their pensions disappeared.

On Friday morning and into the early afternoon police arrested tens of people engaged in the demonstration, including pensioners and their supporters. Among those arrested was Rhodes Must Fall activist Chumani Maxwele.

Some of the younger members of the group joined the activity demanding land for those they called their elders.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said 51 people were arrested and later released, "after discussion with their legal representatives, SAPS and the NPA." Asked about the number of arrests, he said the group included students and pensioners.

"No property was damaged. The charges were related to the National Key point Act," said Van Wyk in an emailed statement. 

Watch above as police conduct arrests. This video is published courtesy of Wandile Kasibe.

Kasibe captured the arrests and followed the police to Cape Town Central Police Station where those arrested were later released.

Above: A member of the Public Order Police (POP) and a demonstrator outside the Houses of Parliament during demonstrations over pension payments.

Above: Pensioners and their younger supporters demonstrated outside Parliament, Cape Town over a monthly pension they do not receive.

Above: According to Captain FC van Wyk of the Western Cape police, 51 people were arrested on Friday, 6 May but later released.

Above: The latest protest follows similar actions in late 2015. The group said they worked for the apartheid-era Ciskei Transport Corporation (CTC) and SA Railways and when the new administration created new transport entities, like Transnet, their pensions disappeared.

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