Police have fired stun grenades and water cannons at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town.
CAPE TOWN - Students and activists protested against gender-based violence outside the World Economic Forum on Africa at the Cape Town Convention Centre.
Some 500 demonstrators -- mainly young women -- gathered in front of the conference venuewith in an effort to draw attention to recent high-profile rapes and killings.
With chants of "we want justice", protesters carried banners that read "Am I next?", "Rape is a man's issue" and "This is a femicide epidemic, but it's time to fight back". Some scuffled with police outside the venue.
Protesters demanded to be addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
They attempted to enter the building but were blocked by police.
Police fired stun grenades and water cannons to disperse the crowd.
Protesters took over between cars and blocked the highway near the Waterfront.
Demonstrators are angry after the rape and murder of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana.
Mrwetyana was declared missing last week and after a nationwide search,
UCT suspended all academic activity on Wednesday to declare a day of mourning.
An unknown number of arrests have been made.
- Additional reporting AFP