'Impatience leads to service delivery protests'

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says government has identified key areas to tackle service delivery.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: Eyewitness News

PRETORIA - Service delivery protests are caused by impatient people who are angry at seeing their fellow citizens benefiting from government's work, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Friday.

She said government has identified problem areas which will receive attention.

The minister addressed an inter-ministerial cluster briefing in Pretoria on Friday.

The country has seen a flare-up of protests in recent months, often resulting in violent clashes with the authorities.

Dlamini-Zuma said more South Africans have access to services than ever before.

"But those who don't have [are] becoming very impatient. They see others have got [services] and ask why they can't have too."

The minister said government identified 105 municipalities with the highest backlogs in services.

She said more than three quarters of households have access to electricity, water and sanitation.