Pretoria - Pandemonium broke out at the Union Buildings as marchers tried to force their way beyond the lawns, to get to the area beyond the security barrier where the President’s office is.
The #TotalShutDown march participants had earlier marched from the old Putco depot in Marabastad to the Union Buildings, where they planned to hand over a memorandum to the president.
The march, organised by the Intersectional Women’s March Against Gender based Violence was a call by women on civil society and the government to put a stop to such violence.
Scores of women committed to kicking off this Women’s Month in style by marching, dressed in black, with a splash of red, to mourn children and women who have died as a result of gender based violence.
Marchers refused to hand over their memorandum to two male government officials.
Higher education and training minister Naledi Pandor was then called to receive it but she was also chased away, with marchers demanding to see Cyril Ramaphosa.
Police resorted to pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
Adamant marchers have vowed not to leave until the president receives their memorandum.