Protests are spiralling, study finds

2012-06-17 16:45

Johannesburg - Municipal IQ, a local government data and intelligence service institution, has warned that 2012 could be remembered as the year of service delivery protests if South Africans continue to take to the streets at their current rate.

In fact, the country is set to record the highest number of delivery-linked protests by citizens since 1994.

The national department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs has conceded that “petty political squabbles” at branch level contribute enormously to sparking protests.

Municipal IQ found that the Western Cape is the country’s protest hotspot this year: it accounts for 25% of recorded protests so far.

National police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said 372 protests related to service delivery had been recorded between January and the end of May this year.

Naidoo said that most complaints raised during these protests were related to water, electricity, roads and a lack of speed humps.

Upward trend

Several protests are not included in the police and Municipal IQ’s latest statistics, including a spate in North-West and Mpumalanga at the beginning of June and one in the Zandspruit informal settlement to the north of Johannesburg last week.

Municipal IQ’s managing director, Kevin Allan said: “It is a reasonable conclusion to draw that service delivery protests could escalate this year, as data shows an upward trend. However, it is difficult to say with certainty why they’re increasing.”

“Most of the protests have taken place in the Western Cape because of the political tensions [there],” he said.

“We’ve also seen ANC factional tensions being quoted in Mpumalanga and the Free State as reasons that offset protests.

Until all the underlying issues of political tensions, poverty and backlogs are resolved, there will be conditions to spark service delivery protests.”


Nghamula Nkuna, the spokesperson for the department of corporative governance and traditional affairs, said: “It is a complex matter because as one goes deeper there are various reasons that trigger protests in the different communities.

“And, honestly, there are a lot of petty political issues in branches that cause the mobilisation of people in the name of service delivery,” Nkuna said.

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-17 17:07

    You don't need a study to see that! People are frustrated. What investor in his right mind would want to invest in a country that's ripping itself apart?

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-17 17:33

      A very clever one. That's if you are talking about this investor magnet called South Africa.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-17 18:28

      So who funds "Municipal IQ" to do what we all do - read a newspaper/listen to the radio/watch TV? We're tired of studies and reports and investigations and hearings and re-shuffling. We'd like something DONE please.

      Rodney - 2012-06-17 18:41

      You all missed it! There is no way in hell that Municipal and IQ can ever be used in the same sentence in a positive manner. - 2012-06-17 23:42

      Oom - 2012-06-22 16:00

      The ANC's plan is starting to work.There is plenty of money for services in the Western Cape. The government has chosen not to release the funds, for all kinds of reasons which they make up as they go along. This is meant to make the DA look stupid, and the ANC can play the “I told you so” game. Just like little children. That’s their style. It’s really not about the poor or the underprivileged. It’s just about the ANC. They just want the DA out of the Cape at any cost. Very sad don’t you think.

  • rbphiri - 2012-06-17 17:07

    This is nothing new, stupidity has a ripple effect

  • rbphiri - 2012-06-17 17:12

    Protests are no rubix cube or conudrum that one fails to decipher, the equation or theory is simple. Corrupt government+easily fickled people, multiplied to the power of vote = Endless service delivery protest.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-17 17:35

      Whatever that means. #yawning#

      gee.raaf - 2012-06-17 18:01

      @rat, seems like you hit every branch on the way down falling from the idiot tree.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-17 18:14

      Ouch that hurts, giraffe. Dankie hoor! You are stuck on it, I mean the tree. At least I fell from it, no longer part of it. You, my groot bek maatjie, you are stuck on it.

  • Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-17 17:17

    I don't understand why they are p1ssed at the government? March 2011, 62% of the voters said they're happy with life as it is, so if you are happy with life, shut up and take it, you voted for them, so why do you get upset if they don't deliver on their promises..... again. I have ZERO sympathy for the people whom voted for the cANCer, and are now left stuck with their fingers up their @sses. For the people whom voted for another party, now for them I have the worlds worth of sympathy, cause they want a different future.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-17 17:40

      I agree with you. On top of it all, these people pay zero towards services and yet want everything for nothing...

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-06-17 17:49

      Exactly Deon, and comes the next election, they will just vote for the cANCer again and then continue with their demands and protests.

      gee.raaf - 2012-06-17 17:55

      I agree kobus. So by the way, the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results!

      Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-17 17:55

      @ratsaka, irrespective what you think of my "sympathy", that does not change the fact that if I vote for party A) and end up getting stiffed by them until the next election, you have NO room to complain. If YOU put them there YOU must deal with the consequences. Just like if I voted for party B) and they screwed the pooch, I will have no right to complain. So if you don't have anything constructive to add, perhaps you should shut the hell up.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-17 18:04

      Life is a hoertjie neh? it's like a woman stuck to her abusive husband. At the end of the day, it's family business. When a man beats up his misbehaving son, he wants his son to be a better man, doesn't mean that he'll give his son away to a creep. Same here, ANC supporters only want their party to deliver, it doesn't mean that they hate the party as much as they hate DA or FF Plus or any right wing....oooops, I don't mean DA and FF plus are right wing. But u do get it, right?

      Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-17 19:16

      Once again, I hear you Rat, but when do you call it quits? When do you finally say to yourself, this I not working, these people are not living up to there promises. Why do you have to expose yourself to an abusive relationship in the 1st place? Bearing in mind, you have the right to choose, when you vote. When do you finally rid yourself of your abusive father, and move out of his house? When do you finally realize, the ANC is made up, run and ruled by PEOPLE. The "ANC party" can not give you any services, but the people who run it. The problem is all that is happening is you are replacing one incompetent councilor with another.

      downwiththeANC - 2012-06-17 22:26


  • michelle.walkerblake - 2012-08-27 13:33

    Most black SA's won't vote for the DA irrespective of its manifesto as it's considered a 'white' party. There is no real contender for the 'black' vote so as the 'liberators' the ANC wins their X. Now the ANC is not acting on their promises and people see the disparity between the 'have's' and the 'have nots' growing daily. South Africans are fed up, they want what they've fought for and historically protests have been an effective modus operandi of getting the focus of attention on the issue. Frankly, if it gets the government to act and pull up its socks, I say protest and march, but the question that remains is, how complacent is our government? Are they are up to the task at hand or are they going to continue resting on their laurels and only look after number 1. If that's the case, then I see this situation escalating ...

  • mario.v.calcagni - 2013-02-05 06:08

    Nice bit of prop

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