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Watchdog warns of possible service delivery protests later this year

Municipal IQ’s figures show there were 107 protests over poor services nationally between January and August.

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

CAPE TOWN - A municipality watchdog believes there could be a surge in service delivery protests later this year resulting from the local government elections.

Municipal IQ's latest figures show there were 107 protests over poor services nationally between January and August.

This is down compared to the same period last year, when more than 160 demonstrations were recorded.

Municipal IQ's Karen Heese, however, warns there could be a spike in the next few months.

"We normally do see a mull around the election period which is very positive. The problem is where promises are made during electioneering that are often unrealistic, then the chickens come home to roost."