Illegal CT protesters arrested

Police were forced to fire teargas following the arrests outside the Cape Town station.

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

CAPE TOWN - At least 12 protesters have been arrested for taking part in an illegal march in the City of Cape Town, police confirmed on Thursday.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets after a call from the Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement.

Protest organisers did not obtain permission from the municipality.

Demonstrators came by trains, taxis, buses and on foot along Nelson Mandela Boulevard to march through the city centre.

Chaos erupted outside Cape Town station when police apparently arrested protest ringleaders, including Ses'khona spokesperson Sithembele Majova.

On two occasions, police fired teargas on the crowd.

Marchers dispersed but later regrouped, saying they were determined to march to the Western Cape Provincial Legislature and to bring the CBD to a standstill.

They want Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to hear their demands for proper housing and sanitation.

The Western Cape Traffic Service says officers have been deployed to several sections in and around central Cape Town.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa urged motorists to be cautious.

"Strand, Adderley as well as Queen Victoria Road and Wale Street are closed to traffic due to the protest action. Currently, the N1 and N2 are open to traffic. It is just slow moving coming into Cape Town from the Waterfront side."