More service delivery protests than before as SA approaches local elections

Co-owner and economist at Municipal IQ, Karen Heese, says service delivery protests are accelerating as the country approaches local government elections.

According to Heese service delivery protests decreased during previous elections.

She also says Gauteng is the most protest effective province, due to its large population.

Municipal IQ is a unique web-based data and intelligence service specialising in the monitoring and assessment of all of South Africa’s 278 municipalities. It was launched in 2007.

Xolani Gwala asked Heese to shed light on the reasons behind the increasing number of service delivery protests.

I think one of the factors is arguably that there is more vibrant opposition.

Karen Heese, co-owner and economist at Municipal IQ

It's proving to be a very difficult year. The solution to our mind is always been the partnership between the community, councilor and police. Unfortunately the golden triangle (we call these three a golden triangle in the legislature) is not linking.

Karen Heese, co-owner and economist at Municipal IQ

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