'Poo protesters' could face prosecution

The city has been given the go-ahead to recover around R55,000 worth of damages.

FILE: Protesters demonstrate in front of the Provincial Legislature in the Cape Town CBD on 30 October 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says its recent victory in a civil case against unruly demonstrators has paved the way for officials to sue those involved in the so-called 'poo protests'.

The city has been given the go-ahead to recover an estimated R55,000 worth of damage caused when a group of protestors ran amok in the Cape Town CBD in October last year during a march for improved basic services.

The protests have caused millions of rands worth of damages to private and public property.

Officials launched a civil claim against the ringleaders who since formed the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement.

The movement has become synonymous with the city's so-called 'poo protests'.

The city says the ringleaders of are responsible for a direct cost of an estimated R12 million in damages.

The city's JP Smith says the recent judgment paves the way for officials to claim damages.

The city says police and medical resources had to be diverted away from communities in order to deal with the chaotic demonstrations led by Ses'khona's founders.