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'Violent service delivery protests on the rise'

Municipal IQ says 86% of service delivery protests on its radar have been characterised by violence.

FILE: Grabouw residents protest on 10 May 2016 after shacks were demolished in the area. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Municipal IQ, a web-based data service, says service delivery protests are on the rise and are becoming increasingly violent.

Several communities across the country have recently experienced violent demonstrations in the run-up to the local government elections set for 3 August.

Municipal IQ says 86 percent of service delivery protests listed on its 'hotspots monitor' have been characterised by violence.

Gauteng and the Eastern Cape have seen the most protests this year so far.

Twenty-six percent of demonstrations have taken place in Gauteng, while the Eastern Cape recorded 24 percent, followed by KwaZulu-Natal. The Western Cape has been the scene of 11 percent of violent protests.

With the local government elections just a few months away, more chaos can be expected in communities unhappy with the standard of service delivery.