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Protests blamed on infighting

2010-03-17 20:16

Johannesburg - Infighting and jostling for leadership positions were among the reasons for service delivery protests, the ANC in Gauteng and its alliance partners said on Wednesday.

"Councillors are being deliberately maligned and discredited by those who are positioning themselves for the list [nomination for election] process," ANC provincial secretary David Makhura told a media briefing in Johannesburg.

Gauteng has recently been hit by a wave of service delivery protests in areas from Orange Farm to Sedibeng, with some turning violent.

The ANC and its alliance partners, Cosatu and the SACP in the province will visit areas that had seen service delivery protests to address concerns raised by residents.

It also called on the government to fast-track service delivery by focusing on "quick fix" areas which included waste collection, provision of electricity and water, cutting grass, maintenance of public spaces and removing people illegally occupying property.

The alliance condemned the violent nature of the protests, saying irrespective of whether grievances were justified, it was not enough to resort to violence.