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CT looking at R1.5m in damages following Du Noon protest

A MyCiTi bus was set alight & a bus terminus pelted with rocks yesterday. Several arrests were made.

A protest broke out in Du Noon on 20 March 2016 after a group of squatters attempted to occupy farmland along the N7 Highway. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it is looking at damages of more than R1.5 million following the vandalism of municipal property during a protest in Du Noon.

A MyCiTi bus was set alight and a bus terminus pelted with rocks yesterday.

The unrest follows an attempt by a group of squatters to illegally occupy farmland along the N7 Highway over the weekend.

City of Cape Town officials have made it clear they will not tolerate land invasion and have condemned the damage done.

The City's JP Smith says damages incurred are estimated a between R1.5 million to R2 million.

"There is a finalised budget for priority and construction of stations and roads that have to be repaired, which means there's less money for other interventions. The actions of these persons are depriving other community members from investing."

Yesterday, violence broke out after a meeting between residents and a ward councillor, to resolve the land dispute, was disrupted by another group.

An official meeting with officials from the mayor's office has been planned for tomorrow, but it's unclear if it will proceed.