IRIN, 19 June 2007.
The Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sydney Mufamadi has described the rash of service delivery protests throughout the country since 2004 as a consequence of the successes of the government, not its failures.
Mufamadi was responding to a recent report by the Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE) which blamed an allegedly insensitive and unresponsive political elite for the often violent protests over service delivery.
Titled “Voices of Anger”, the report recognises the huge socioeconomic challenges faced by the incoming African National Congress (ANC) government when apartheid ended in 1994. It further recognises these daunting conditions, which it says were met with weak management, hesitant or absent leadership, poor communications, political favouritism and ineptitude - leaving ordinary citizens with no choice by to resort to violence.
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