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Cape Town - A protest in the Cape Town CBD on Wednesday turned violent as shops and vendors were looted by protesters, Western Cape police said.
Captain Frederick van Wyk said the police had been present throughout the afternoon and were still on the scene, after earlier problems of looting and property being damaged.
“The protesters are still singing and protesting. There were some people running around the streets looting some of the shops and vendors,” he said.
While the police recognised people's right to protest, those who did so were expected to act within the confines of the law.
“It also includes respecting other people's rights and refraining from looting and damaging property,” Van Wyk said.
He said it appeared around 3500 people were taking part in the protest.
No arrests had been made.