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CT illegal march: City assesses damages

The City of Cape Town will take those who damaged property during an illegal march to court.

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

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town bosses say they intend dragging those responsible for damages caused during an illegal protest march in the CBD to court.

Protesters attempted to march on the provincial legislature yesterday, but authorities intervened and arrested 12 people.

The demonstration was aimed at highlighting the needs of the poor.

The City of Cape Town denied organisers permission to march, citing safety and security concerns.

The municipality's JP Smith says while authorities acted decisively, there were still some acts of lawlessness.

"It's particularly the looting on the Grand Parade and Plein Street which was very problematic."

Almost 1,000 demonstrators descended on the city centre, heeding a call to march from the Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement, for proper housing and sanitation.

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.

Police have been very selective with information about who has arrested.

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

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

Pictures: Siyabonga Sesant (EWN) and Tertia van Rensburg

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