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CT spending thousands on protests

The City of Cape Town can spend up to R100k per day dealing with service delivery protests.

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

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town bosses said on Tuesday they can spend up to R100,000 a day on dealing with protest action across the metro.

Almost every week parts of the N2 are closed due to demonstrations, many of them in recent weeks are thought to be related to the Western Cape's so-called toilet wars.

In the most recent incident a section of the freeway was closed on Tuesday due to protest action.

Residents from informal settlements usually burn tyres on the highway, but have recently taken to dumping human waste on the road.

The City's JP Smith said, "The overtime cost of having extra policing staff on standby costs probably around R60,000 to R100,000 a day. There's also the wasted resource of having to escort operational staff from other departments into areas where their vehicle are being stoned and attacked."

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa on said dealing with the constant protests is a headache.

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

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.