CT warns against protest vandalism

Cape Town City says looting during protests costs taxpayers a lot of money

Philippi residents demonstrate over service delivery issues on 4 June 2012. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Sunday warned against vandalism during service delivery protest action.

The City said unlawful protests cost rate payers a lot of money.

Earlier in June, about 300 residents from Malawi informal settlement and Freedom Park vandalised traffic lights during a lack of housing and basic services demonstration.

The cost to repair the damage is estimated at R2,2million.

Cape Town City Councillor JP Smith said vandalism is illegal, even though protests are legal.

"What we are seeing is basic looting. It is certainly criminal activities and some of it is not politically motivated."