Telegraphed messages and videos from the heart of South Africa have caused a wave of anger among protesters across the country.
The most notable of these is a video posted on YouTube by an activist group called Telegrafie that was viewed more than 2.6 million times as of Sunday.
“We are all human and it is important that all our rights are respected, including the right to know about it,” the narrator says.
Ahead of the demonstration, protesters held banners that read: “I want justice for our mothers”.
The activists then began circulating the video and other clips of people being abused by police, with some saying the video had sparked anger and even violence.
Many of the protesters have been arrested, but the group is still planning a rally on Monday.
There are fears that this could turn violent.
According to police, police officers have been used to intimidate and harass protesters and have made threats.
Demonstrators have said that they are trying to spread information about the death of Nelson Mandela to raise awareness.
In the meantime, the police have deployed armoured vehicles and police have responded with tear gas.
Protests against police brutality are expected to continue for another three days.
(Reuters) On Sunday, the country’s top court issued an order to halt the demonstrations.
It will be up to the Constitutional Court to decide whether to lift the order.
On Tuesday, the president of the Constitutional Council, Mmusi Maimane, called on the police to protect protesters and urged them to respect the law.
Meanwhile, several hundred people gathered outside the parliament in Johannesburg to protest against the police violence.
“We don’t want violence, but we want justice,” said one protester.
“It is wrong that our mothers, our daughters, are treated like animals.”
(AP: Simon Nieuwenhuis)Police are expected on Monday to declare a curfew for several hours, and they will also be enforcing the new law banning protesters from gathering more than 10 kilometres from a police station.
Thousands of protesters are gathering in various parts of the country in the hope of preventing the police from using excessive force, which has caused some protesters to be injured.
But police have used tear gas and stun grenades, including one which caused one man to lose his sight.
Hundreds of protesters have also set fires in parks and at a bus station in Johannesberg, and protesters are demanding the resignation of the police commissioner.
Earlier this month, protesters took to the streets in Cape Town to demand the resignation and reinstatement of the former President Thabo Mbeki.
Protesters have also blocked roads in Durban and Pretoria in the South African capital, while police have reportedly been forced to fire rubber bullets and water cannons at protesters.
South Africa has one of the world’s highest murder rates.
Police say they have arrested more than 400 people and charged more than 1,000 others with various offences.