Strong police presence in CT CBD

Police are keeping a close eye on the CBD despite an illegal protest being called off.

FILE: Police are keeping a close eye on the city centre despite an illegal protest being called off. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Despite an illegal protest march being called off in the Cape Town City centre, police are maintaining a strong presence across the CBD.

The City of Cape Town was granted an eleventh-hour interdict to stop the march from going ahead.

Several police vans are parked at Cape Town train station.

A group of officers are being briefed outside the station while more armed colleagues are patrolling inside the building.

Passers-by continue to talk in groups about whether the march will indeed go ahead.

But demonstration ringleaders have opted to call off the march and apply for a permit to stage a legal protest on Monday instead.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape says it supports the march.

In October, protesters caused havoc in the CBD when they started looting stalls and damaging property.

They were demanding housing and sanitation.

Informal settlement dwellers have accused the DA-led government of failing the poor.