The City of Cape Town has called on businesses and affected residents to open criminal cases against student protesters who damaged cars and looted several shops in the CBD on Wednesday.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said six people were arrested when chaos broke out during a march to parliament in which protesting students called for free tertiary education.
He said four of the protesters would be charged with public violence and two for assaulting a police officer.
“The City of Cape Town’s safety and security directorate is aware of one law enforcement vehicle, four metro police vehicles, two SAPS vehicles, one MyCiTi bus, one private vehicle, an unconfirmed number of Golden Arrow buses and number of buildings in the parliament precinct having been damaged by protesters.”
Thousands of students marched through the CBD as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his budget speech and announced that an additional R17 billion would be made available to tertiary institutions over the next three years.
Smith said video footage of the protest would be used to identify and prosecute offenders.
He said cleanup operations would start “as soon as resources allow”.
– African News Agency (ANA)