ANC blames EFF for CT chaos

Western Cape ANC chairperson Marius Fransman says EFF members are behind the chaos.

Damage to an Adderley Street shop front after protesters demonstrated in in the Cape Town CBD on 30 October 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's office on Wednesday condemned this afternoon's protest in the Cape Town city centre.

At the same time, the ANC has called for calm blaming Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters for the chaos that ensued.

Thousands of protestors from various areas, including Khayelitsha, Phillipi and Nyanga, descended on the provincial legislature demanding better housing.

Demonstrations started this morning when train services were affected after protestors placed rocks at the Nyanga Station.

Western Cape ANC chairperson Marius Fransman says, "As the ANC, we reject the conduct of some of those protesters. I believe certain individuals behind the EFF have tried to destabilise the protest and created chaos."

But Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbhele says this is part of the ANC Youth League's campaign to make the province ungovernable.

"The office of the speaker of Parliament designated an official to receive a memorandum. He was turned away. They are not interested in really communicating their grievances."

Riot police are guarding the entrance to the Western Cape Legislature as thousands of demonstrators stand outside singing struggle songs.

The crowd says it will not leave until it has been addressed by Zille.

Earlier on Wednesday, protest organiser Andile Lilli vowed demonstrators would spend the night outside the legislature.

But many protestors started making their way home.