The Western Cape, the only South African province that is not controlled by the African National Congress, has experienced more service delivery protests in 2012 than any other province.
According to the independent Municipal IQ’s Hotspots Monitor, the number of service delivery protests taking place across the nation this year is likely to eclipse the peaks of 2009 and 2010, with more protests recorded in May 2012 than in any month since 2004.
“Protests in May were as diverse as they were common,” said Municipal IQ’s economist Karen Heese. “From demands for housing in Cape Town to a cluster of North West protests for tarred roads, the worrying theme was that they were violent and demonstrated high levels of frustration.”
Protest action appeared to be the increasingly accepted way for communities to air grievances, she said.
Western Cape MEC for Local Government Anton Bredell was quoted in the Cape Argus saying that the spike in service delivery protests was a politically motivated plot to destabilise Western Cape municipalities.