5 arrested in illegal Gaza march in Cape Town

Cape Town - Five people have been arrested for conspiring to commit a crime during an illegal march in Cape Town, Western Cape police said on Monday.

"According to the reports, a group of about 200 people had gathered at Sea Point and then proceeded to the Pavilion Mall carrying placards and loud-hailers," Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said.

"They were warned by the police, as their gathering was illegal. It is believed that they moved to the Grand Parade where they continued with their picketing and chants."

Pro-Israel rally

The participants in the march on Sunday, in support of Palestine, were then twice warned by police as they proceeded towards Buitenkant Street, near where a pro-Israel rally was being held.

"At that stage, the police started arresting the members of the group who had defied the lawful orders to leave the place," Kinana said.

"About five people, four men aged between 30 and 43, and a 36-year-old woman were arrested for conspiring to commit a crime."

The five were expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Further details were expected to emerge during their court appearance.