South Africa: Violent Protests Gain Momentum from Within Communities

A recently released study pinpoints community frustrations and under-representation as fuel for violent protests throughout South Africa. (Google Images)

In a recent analysis piece for, Hamadziripi Tamukamoyo explores the causes of violent protest throughout South Africa, most of which one study says can be attributed to circumstances within communities. Tamukamoyo says that, in addressing such protests, as President Jacob Zuma did recently, the government blatantly ignores these roots. In these communities, residents are often marginalized through social, economic, and community exclusion and lack of representation.

Tamukamoyo writes:

The National Development Plan (NDP), which received widespread support from a diversity of stakeholders, including parliamentarians from different political formations, has been positioned as being key to the growth of the South African economy and to tackling challenges such as unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Successfully implementing the NDP requires, for instance, a cohort of qualified managers and accountants in the public sector, as noted by Minister for Planning in the Presidency Trevor Manuel in his briefing to Parliament on 19 February.

It remains to be seen whether the broad ambitions of the NDP will have been achieved by the target year of 2030. However, it is not unreasonable to state that appointing competent individuals to managerial posts, for example in municipalities, should lead to an improvement in the quality of service delivery and consequently lessen frustration in local communities. Arguably, this may restore communities’ trust in the government.


This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins.

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