Police scuffled with demonstrators in Cape Town on Friday, as women returned to the streets calling for an end to gender-based violence in South Africa.

Riot police confronted protesters, mainly women, as they demanded the government to take action following a spike in rapes and killings earlier this month. Many carried signs and attempted to physically attack police forces, who shoved them in response.

The protest took place a day after thousands of women rallied outside parliament to pressure president Cyril Ramaphosa into declaring a state of emergency due to the rate of violence against women.

Ramaphosa announced a change in the South African law and vowed perpetrators of such crimes would face life in jail after at least five women and girls were killed in September.

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