At least 6 arrested after Parly protests (and how it all fell apart)

There are 6 confirmed arrests following the march to Parliament on Wednesday, but it is believed highly possible that more demonstrators were detained amid the chaos which erupted.

Arrested protesters face charges including assaulting police officers and others, as well as for malicious damage to property, reports EWN's Xolani Koyana.

Hundreds of students and workers from various universities protested in front of Parliament during Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's medium-term budget speech.

What started out as a peaceful but tense demonstration, quickly turned violent after clashes broke out between protesters and police.

EWN understands that some demonstrators had brought a makeshift coffin, made for a mock funeral symbolically held for Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

Protesters fling a box symbolising Blade Nzimande coffin. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

It's alleged the makeshift coffin was burnt and thrown over public order police, landing in a barricade outside parliament, at which point stun grenades where fired into the crowd.

Protesters then retaliated by throwing rocks and burning bins in the middle of the road, Koyana explains.

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Plein Street and other surrounding roads had visible damage and The City of Cape Town conducted a mop up.

Windows in the CBD were broken, two Saps vehicles and one metro police vehicle damage. There were also reports of vandalism to a MyCiti bus and Golden Arrow bus.

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