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CT law enforcement officials on high alert following violent protests on N2

A group of demonstrators from Barcelona informal settlement were reportedly angry over ANC election list.

FILE: Authorities monitor the N2 highway in Cape Town following protests. Picture: City of Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town law enforcement officials say they will be on high alert on the N2 following violent protests over the past few days.

A group of demonstrators from the Barcelona informal settlement who were reportedly angry over the African National Congress' (ANC) election candidate list took to the streets on Wednesday night.

Golden Arrow Bus Service have reported a loss of about R4 million after two buses were torched during the protest.

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says the protests cost the city damages of up to R400,000.

Smith said, "Beyond that, the city is maintaining a police presence in the area, which is also being monitored by CCTV cameras and the city will deploy resources there."

Meanwhile, the ANC has condemned the attacks and has distanced itself from what it says are the acts of criminal elements.