Free State leads Central SA with most protest actions in 2018

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The Free State province had the highest number of service delivery related protests in 2018.

This is according to a report issued last month by Municipal IQ, a company tracking municipal data and intelligence at municipalities across the country. The report states that of the 237 protests that occurred in 2018, the Free State accounts for 24 of these during that year.

The North West and Northern Cape follow after the Free State, each producing similar numbers as the report showed that they each recorded 19 protests last year. The company’s economist, Karen Heese, says research suggests that these protests were fuelled by a recession in the economy as well as rising unemployment.

This comes after the community of Phase 6 in Bloemfontein had its first protest action this year following a series of protests over a range of issues such as housing, sanitation, and inadequate service delivery.

There have also been reports of protest action this morning in Olifantshoek, near Kuruman in the Northern Cape. Overall, data provided by the organisation showed that by September 2018, there had already been 24% more protests than in 2014, which was the last year the organisation recorded relatively high numbers in protest action across the country.

The Managing Director of Municipal IQ, Kevin Allan, said protest action in 2014 was spurred on by the fact that it was an election year and it remains to be seen whether or not more protest actions will be recorded in 2019, which is also an election year.

Pulane Choane / OFM News