Cape Town - Protest action in the first third of the year had risen 73%, according to the City of Cape Town.
This has prompted the City's safety and security chief, JP Smith, to approach the police to establish a "priority committee on protest action", Smith said in a statement.
"During a meeting with SAPS and members of the provincial cabinet last week, SAPS indicated that there had been 145 protest actions in the first four and a half months of this year compared to 84 during the same period in 2017. This represents a 73% increase in protest incidents that have grown progressively more violent," Smith said.
"The City’s own statistics corroborate the trend. To discourage people from settling on land that is not suitable for human habitation, the Anti-land Invasion Unit removes, on average, 15 000 illegal structures and/or pegs per annum. However, in the first four months of 2018, that figure is standing at over 26 000," he said.
The City would be taking a "zero-tolerance approach to attempted land grabs across the metro".