A cohesive strategy is needed to deal with community frustration: Municipal IQ


Allan expressed frustration with the government’s response to the protests, particularly that in Thembisa this week, and skepticism at the claim by some government officials that it was politically orchestrated.

“Municipal IQ has recorded eight major protests in Ekurhuleni in the past year, including four in Thembisa, but all spheres of government appear to have been taken by surprise by the violence of the latest protest. Surely the government would expect that if the Thembisa community was ignored in the first three protests, the fourth would be an escalation and have a number of negative outcomes.

A cohesive strategy by all spheres of government was needed to proactively address community frustration in protest-prone communities, he said.

Municipal IQ hotspots monitor protests from communities on issues that are the responsibility or perceived responsibility of local government, such as accountability of councillors, quality and pace of basic service delivery, and in metropolitan areas, housing.

Not included are issues that fall outside the local government’s service delivery mandate, such as demarcation, industrial relations disputes, or clear party political issues, including candidate lists.


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