Local governments say protesters are mainly young and unemployed.

Protests have peaked as communities express their frustrations with service delivery issues ahead of local government elections. Authorities are concerned with the resulting destruction of property and levels of violence.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to policy analyst at SA Local Government Association (Salga), Justin Steyn, about the complexities around the issue.

He said that while all South Africans have the right to protest, their actions have to remain within the confines of the law.

In recent months, protesters have destroyed public property in Tshwane and Vuwani expressing their disagreement with political decisions.

A 2016 SALGA survey reports that local governments perceive protesters to be mainly young and unemployed.

In the survey municipalities said that 69.5% of protesters were between the ages of 18 and 35 and 71% of protesters were unemployed.

Listen to the conversation below:

There are a lot of shared services that are delivered from provincial and national level that local government has nothing to do with.

Justin Steyn, SALGA policy analyst

Because local government is at the forefront of service delivery, they are the first to take a hit.

Justin Steyn, SALGA policy analyst

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