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CPT protests impacting police work

The ongoing protests in CPT is impacting metro police duties.

A pile of rubbish burns in Sir Lowry's Pass Village after residents staged a second day of housing protests. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The city of Cape Town said on Tuesday the ongoing protests have impacted on metro police's duties elsewhere.

Council has spent nearly R600,000 on overtime in the past two weeks for officers who have had to monitor violent demonstrations.

On Monday protestors took to the streets again in Khayelitsha, Philippi and Sir Lowry's Pass Village.

Late on Monday night a truck was set alight in Khayelitsha and vehicles damaged in sporadic stoning incidents.

The city's JP Smith said, "With every decision you take, you are taking resources away from critical areas. We've made less gang arrests, less confiscation of illegal firearm and we've taken our foot off the other forms of enforcement."