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Calm restored to CT CBD ahead of #Sona2016

Authorities have had their hands full trying to deal with protesters today.

EFF supporters clash with police outside parliament in Cape Town ahead of President Jacob Zuma's 2016 State of the Nation address. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - Public order police and law enforcement have restored peace in Cape Town’s Central Business District (CBD) after chaotic scenes ahead of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) at Parliament.

WATCH: ANC and EFF supporters come to blows in St George's Mall

Authorities have had their hands full trying to deal with Ses’khona Peoples Rights Movement members and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters.

A protester holds his hand against a police officer's shield during protests outside parliament in Cape Town ahead of President Jacob Zuma's 2016 State of the Nation address. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Officers had to throw stun grenades into a crowd of EFF supporters who clashed with their ANC counterparts.

EFF supporters clash with police outside parliament in Cape Town ahead of President Jacob Zuma's 2016 State of the Nation address. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

A group of EFF supporters were contained in an isolated spot in Church Street.

Crowds run as stun grenades are fired during clashes between EFF supporters and police outside parliament in Cape Town ahead of President Jacob Zuma's 2016 State of the Nation address. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Unlike earlier, police managed to escort a large crowd of Ses’khona supporters to the Grand Parade.

A protester holds up a placard during clashes with police outside parliament in Cape Town ahead of President Jacob Zuma's 2016 State of the Nation address. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

They sang and danced as they made their way down Darling Street to a gathering spot in front of the Cape Town City Hall.

WATCH: Ses’khona protesters in tense standoff with police near Parliament



Pictures by Thomas Holder/EWN.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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