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CT to deal with violent protesters

The City of Cape Town plans to take legal action against those responsible for violent protests.

Police keep an eye on Nyanga residents during a service delivery protest on 10 August 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Wednesday warned that it will lay criminal and civil charges against "ring leaders" responsible for service delivery protests.

The municipality had to cough-up R13 million to repair the damage caused by angry demonstrators.

According to the city's JP Smith, investigators are now studying CCTV footage to identify possible culprits.

Speaking to The John Mathem Show, he said the council plans to sue the perpetrators.

"We will lodge a civil and criminal case against the ring leaders and instigators."

The DA-led government believes the ANC Youth League is behind the protests after it threatened to make the city and province ungovernable.

The League has accused the provincial government of neglecting townships.

The ANCYL has denied any involvement in the protests.