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SA records fewer protests in 2013

The Eastern Cape has had the highest rate of service delivery protests this year.

The Eastern Cape has had the most service delivery protests this year. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A municipal data firm 'Municipal IQ' says there seems to have been a slight dip in the number of service delivery protests in South Africa this year.

Its hotspot monitor recorded 97 major demonstrations since January.

Provinces mostly affected include the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

In 2012 there were more than 170 service delivery protests.

The data firm's Karen Heese says, "Firstly, we are slightly off the highs of last year which is good news. But the surprising thing perhaps is that we found, we have more protests in the Eastern Cape this year than any other province."

In January, dozens of Butterworth and Centane residents took to the streets demanding that municipality repair roads.

In May, Qoboqobo and surrounding villages took part in a service delivery protest. They called on government to deliver on their promises of a better life for all.

The ANC is in charge of the Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is looking at forming a coalition with Agang and Congress of the People (Cope) in an effort to challenge the ANC's dominance in that province.

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