Recent protests around Cape Town have resulted in damage of more than R2 million, the city said on Thursday.

Traffic signs and signals had been vandalised and roads had been damaged by burning tyres, transport and roads mayoral committee member Brett Herron said. The repairs could take up to three months.

Herron said this affected road users' safety and service delivery, as money allocated for goods and services would now have to be diverted for repairs.

He said the situation was ironic as the protests had largely been centred around the need for improved services.

“We are appealing to protesters to take responsibility for their actions and to conduct their protests peacefully. The senseless destruction of city infrastructure serves no purpose and finds us taking steps backwards instead of forward.” – Sapa