Water cannons used on foreign protesters in Durban

When protesters refused to leave they say police opened fire with water cannons.

Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Dramatic images have surfaced on social media that show riot police shooting blue dyed water from cannons at hundreds of protesters in the Durban CBD.

Police monitored a march of over 300 foreign nationals who protested against the recent xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu Natal, allegedly sparked by King Goodwill Zwelithini's comments that foreigners must leave South Africa.

It is understood permission was granted for today's march but police cancelled it, saying they could not guarantee the safety of demonstrators.

When protesters refused to leave they say police opened fire with water cannons.

Chaotic scenes in Durban where foreign nationals protest against Zulu King's comments. #xenophobia @DasenThathiah is on that one. @eNCAnews

#xenophobia #Durban foreign nationals being guided to CR Swart SAPS under police guard to be dispersed peacefully pic.twitter.com/2I8rs5p0HC

Foreigners in Durban organise march against xenophobia. Cops use water cannons on them after withdrawing permission. Never rains does it?

They're killing our brothers in Durban. The Xenophobia has gotta stop! ☹