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CT slams 'orchestrated' protests

The City of Cape Town believes the ongoing protests are politically motivated.

Protesters burnt tyres on the N2 Highway on 18 April 2013. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town bosses say many resources are being wasted on what they describe as politically-driven protests.

Almost every week parts of the N2 highway are closed due to protests believed to be linked to the on-going toilet wars.

The city says several law enforcement officials have to be deployed every time to restore order and re-open the highway.

The city's JP Smith says they are frustrated with the on-going protests.

"I think what we are seeing is a structured and orchestrated attempt at destabilising governance in the city and the province. There are more and more reports coming through of this and increasing evidence even from within intelligence circles that this is the case."

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa also says it is a headache.

"We have to, sometimes the whole week, see to problems on the N2 and this is really problematic."

Residents from informal settlements usually burn tyres on the highway while recently they have also dumped human waste on the road.

In 2012, the Western Cape recorded the highest number of service delivery protests in the country.

The Democratic Alliance believes the protests are politically motivated as the ANC Youth League vowed to make the province ungovernable ahead of the 2014 general elections.

The Western Cape is the only province which is run by the DA and the ANC has made it clear it wants to win it back.

It has promised to improve the lives of the poor and to create job opportunities.

However, the DA believes it will retain the province and promised to deliver on its mandate of an inclusive city.