DA members arrested by riot police

DA spokesperson Marius Redelinghuys and Cape metro chairman Shaun August were arrested by riot police on Thursday ahead of the eighth state-of-the-nation address, the party said.

“These are people who wanted make their voices heard about the electricity crisis facing our nation, the DA said and called for their immediate release and that of the other supporters also arrested.

Riot police removed DA protesters from Adderley Street. “Water cannons were fired into the backs of supporters who posed no threat to the police and were trying to escape harm,” the party claimed.

Western Cape police said they were not in a position to comment on what happened in the Cape Town CBD, and on whether Redelinghuys was arrested or if police used a water cannon.

“At this stage we are not in a position to give a blow-by-blow account of what is happening in town,” Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said.

“When we are in a position to give a statement and confirm all the details of what happened we will issue a statement, but at this stage we are not in a position to comment.”

Kinana said that, as was usually the case during the state-of-the-nation address, the number of police deployed was increased against disruptive elements.