'Violent protests are about poor people trying to get their voices heard'

Dr Ivor Sarakinsky, senior lecturer at the Wits School of Governance says violence is likely to happen when the community has exhausted all legal avenues and remedies to get their voices heard by government.

Stephen Grootes asked Dr Sarakinsky why communities, like Vuwani in Limpopo, opt for violence when they want government to listen to their demands.

The number of schools vandalised in ongoing protests in Vuwani now stands at 22. And government has set up a provincial task team to address the residents’ demands to remain in the Makhado Municipality.

It's about poor desperate people trying to find a way to get their voices heard, when they feel they are being overlooked in the decision-making process affecting them.

Dr Ivor Sarakinsky, senior lecturer, Wits School of Governance

They've exhausted a whole range of legal avenues and remedies, and now there is this deep concern about their future in this new municipal entity. And, hence, the state being really high, people feel disempowered by the whole process.

Dr Ivor Sarakinsky, senior lecturer, Wits School of Governance

The Vuwani people saw Malamulele community benefiting from protests, and now used the same tactics at a much higher level of intensity to get their grievances heard.

Dr Ivor Sarakinsky, senior lecturer, Wits School of Governance

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