Pretoria - Communities' protests over service delivery
inadequacy are being marked by political squabbling, Co-operative Governance
Minister Lechesa Tsenoli said on Friday.
"Some of the struggles we see in the streets are
caused by poor infrastructure and we are partly responsible for [that] and
working on [it]. There is a diversity of reasons, however, for the
protests," he told journalists in Pretoria.
"This diversity [of reasons] includes the conduct of
councillors, the presence of unaddressed issues. The other reasons are more of
political contestation, positioning, which uses genuine grievances that
He said in such protests, destruction of public
infrastructure was viewed as the only way to attract the authorities'
Government was exploring ways of improving its
responsiveness to avoid further destruction of property.
"We will not completely do away with protests, they
will always be there. All we hope for is that by improving the quality of
interaction with communities, they will not find any reason in the kind of
protests that we have seen.
"We hope communities will choose other methods, such
as marching and presenting memorandums," he said.
Tsenoli said his department, working together with the SA
Local Government Association and National Treasury, was promoting the
establishment and effective functioning of municipal public accounts
These committees would introduce additional checks and
balances in municipal financial management and improve governance.
On government's community work programme (CWP), Tsenoli
said the project reached 206 166 participants in the current financial year.
The CWP platform provided "minimum level regular
work" on two days per week and 100 days per year at a wage rate presently
set at R71 per day.