155 protests recorded in 2013

The figure was released by the Municipal IQ Hotspot Monitor.

FILE: Protesters in Olievenhoutbos. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape government officials and religious leaders will meet later this week to discuss service delivery issues, Premier Helen Zille's office confirmed on Wednesday.

The meeting comes after a group of prominent Capetonians, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, stepped in as mediators in a service delivery standoff with protesters from informal settlements in Cape Town.

Locals are demanding basic housing.

At the same time, a leading municipal data company says service delivery protests occur almost every other day in South Africa.

According to the Municipal IQ Hotspot Monitor, there were a total of 155 major demonstrations countrywide since January.

This is lower compared to a year ago when more than 170 protests were recorded.

Gauteng and the Eastern and Western Cape have recorded the most service delivery protests.

Municipal IQ's Karen Heese says, "There are several reasons why we have protests. The first is communities feeling frustrated because they haven't received services they've been promised in many elections now."

Some protests turned violent after people started damaging municipal property and in a number of other cases, torching houses belonging to councillors.