Illegal CT protesters to stay in jail

At least 12 people were arrested and charged under the Illegal Gatherings Act 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 - Protesters arrested during an illegal gathering will remain behind bars until their next court appearance, the Ses' Khona Peoples Rights Movement said on Friday.

Attempts by the civil rights group to gain access into the Cape Town CBD on Thursday failed when police intercepted many of them at two Woodstock train stations.

At least 12 people have been arrested and charged under the Illegal Gatherings Act.

The group of demonstrators from informal settlements are demanding basic services.

The movement's Andile Lili says, "We just came out of court now and they [protesters] will remain in custody. They will appear again in court next week Thursday."

Meanwhile, the Cape Chamber of Commerce says illegal mass action attempts in the CBD are bad for business.

The chamber's Janine Myburgh says small businesses are most vulnerable.

"Businesses are severely impacted by such actions and protesters are risking any chance for the creation of new jobs. It was again the most vulnerable that were affected by the latest protest - informal traders and the small business owners."