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Report: Service delivery protests drop in 2016

Municipal IQ’s figures show 30 percent of the recorded protests this year happened in Gauteng.

FILE: Protesters from Sicelo informal settlement, Meyerton, in the Midvaal hurl stones at an Nyala during a service delivery protest. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Service delivery protests have dropped this year compared to 2015.

Municipal IQ reports there have been at least 107 protests between January and August, compared to 164 during the same period last year.

The numbers also reflect a three-year downward trend since 2014.

Municipal IQ's figures show 30 percent of the recorded protests this year happened in Gauteng and 22 percent took place in the Eastern Cape.

The organisation has noted it appears disgruntled voters in these provinces took protests to the local government elections with political change in some councils.

Municipal IQ's Karen Hesse says there were concerns following a spike in protests in April.

The organisation says newly-elected councils must honour promises and address grievances to mitigate against protests.