South’s Africa’s riot police have fired stun and smoke grenades to disperse scores of striking workers holding a rally at the parliament to demand higher pay.
On Wednesday, a large number of policemen moved in on some 200 striking workers on the steps of parliament, firing stun grenades and ordering them to leave the grounds.
The police also used their shields to drive workers from the steps of the national assembly in the capital city of Cape Town.
Sources say the stand-off continued for several hours.
The angry workers chanted slogans and resisted evacuation from the parliament complex.
"We work here, we can't be removed. The police must go," the protesting workers shouted.
"We are all demanding a living wage, that's why we are here," said one protester who was briefly held by security forces at the site.