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Calm restored in CT after illegal march

There is a heavy police presence at Cape Town station following clashes earlier on Thursday.

Police moved in to make several arrests during the illegal protest in Cape Town on 27 February 2014. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - There is a heavy police presence at Cape Town station following clashes between protesters and officers on Thursday afternoon.

At least 12 people were arrested for taking part in an illegal march in the Cape Town CBD.

Hundreds of demonstrators descended on the city centre, heeding a call to march from the Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement, for proper housing and sanitation.

Calm has now been restored to the area.

The group has dispersed, but dozens of police vehicles are still parked outside the station.

Several officers are patrolling on foot.

Some of the protesters are still at the station and have warned they will regroup again later.

Police are also keeping an eye on the Woodstock train station where protesters got off earlier.

Meanwhile, it is still not clear if the two men at the centre of the march, Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili, are among those arrested.

Western Cape police have been very selective with information about who has arrested.

Officers earlier used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse protesters at the central station.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk says, "We are still busy gathering information because some of these protesters were arrested at other stations like Woodstock."

An estimated 1,000 people are believed to have taken part in the demonstration.

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