WATCH: Stun grenades fired, rocks hurled in tense stand-off between police, MyCiTi strikers

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Striking MyCiTi workers
Striking MyCiTi workers

Striking MyCiTi workers have been released from the Cape Town civic centre, after the building was placed on lockdown when protests began on the ground floor.

The City of Cape Town's civic centre was locked down on Wednesday morning after a group of MyCiTi protesters entered the ground floor of the building.

MyCiTi employees have been striking for weeks over labour demands since October 15.

Five leaders were reportedly arrested inside the building.

Multiple stun grenades were let off in the area outside the entrance during a tense stand-off with police around 11:00, as more strikers came to join their colleagues locked in the building.

Strikers outside the civic centre threw stones at police in retaliation.

Following the release of the strikers, the city said the situation was a lot calmer, with the civic centre only on partial lockdown.

"The protesters were former employees of the vehicle operating companies, who embarked on an illegal strike in October, and were subsequently dismissed by their employer. They are not city employees," spokesperson Jyothi Naidoo said.

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