Joburg Advocacy Group (JAG): Protests Not Just About Service Delivery

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Protests Not Just About Service Delivery

"There were more protests around the country in the first three months of this year than in any equivalent period since 1994," says Yunus Carrim, deputy minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.

And the protests have been about much more than just service delivery:

"The protests are also about a range of other municipal issues, including maladministration, nepotism, fraud, corruption and the failure of councillors and administrators to listen," he said.

"But it is the rage of sections of the protesters and the extent of violence and destruction they wreak that is striking. It reflects a far more fundamental alienation of people from our democracy."

In short, democracy in South Africa is failing us and if we, the people, don't get involved to ensure that it remains a living, breathing, fair, just and relevant system, it will continue to fail. Get involved - and do whatever you can do to make a difference where you stand.

Our future depends on what we do today.

See TimesOnline for more.

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