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Illegal protest in Cape Town CBD

Informal traders in the CBD have been warned by police to close shop ahead of an illegal march.

Protesters making their way towards Strand Street in Cape Town. Picture: via Twitter @Liezelv

CAPE TOWN - Informal traders in the Cape Town CBD have been warned by police to close shop ahead of an illegal march.

Activists have vowed to stage a demonstration in the city centre despite no permission being granted by authorities.

Protesters are marching for proper housing and sanitation in poor areas.

Wale Street in the city centre has been completely cordoned off.

There is a high police presence around the Western Cape Provincial Legislature.

Several police nyalas and vans are also patrolling the area.

Panicked vendors in St George's Mall have already started packing up their merchandise while others say they will risk being looted.

Protesters are pouring into the city centre, with many walking along Eastern Boulevard.

Last October, scenes of chaos broke out in the CBD as protesters went on the rampage.