Police have arrested some protesters who were gathered outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where the World Economic Forum (WEF Africa 2019) is taking place.
Groups of protesters had gathered in different parts of Cape Town’s CBD to demonstrate against violence targeting women and children in South Africa.
The protesters gathered outside the CTICC, chanting struggle songs and holding posters written “enough is enough” and “stop killing women and children”.
Many of the protesters are from the University of Cape Town (UCT), where 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana was a first-year student before her murder last week.
There were also chants of “we want a state of emergency” and “shut down the country” as a group of protesters charged towards the doors of the Cape Town International Conference Centre, where the World Economic Forum for Africa is being held.
Protesters broke through a barrier of police officers at the Heerengracht traffic circle and headed towards the CTICC, where many African leaders are among the delegates.
Police later used stun grenades, pepper spray and a water cannon to try to deter the protesters. There were reports of a Cape Town student being arrested in the CBD.