Motlanthe addresses Salga summit

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says local government does not communicate with its communities properly.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks during a post cabinet briefing on 31 May 2012. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday blamed service delivery protests on the lack of communication between the local government and communities.

He was speaking on the final day of the South African Local Government Association (Salga) conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

The deputy president was met by an enthusiastic crowd, but the attendees were warned beforehand not to sing divisive songs.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma was greeted with struggle songs and hand signs indicating his bid for a second term as ANC leader.

Motlanthe told delegates that local government had many challenges.

He said it needed to seek new and innovative ways to communicate with the people it serves.

The conference also discussed the ANC proposal to abolish local government elections and host one general election for all levels of government.