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Service delivery protests in SA hit record high

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 2018-07-11 Chanel September
a group of people standing around a fire: Police clear a burning tyre off The Golden Highway, set alight by protesters in Eldorado Park and Freedom Park who are protesting over service delivery. © Provided by Thomas Holder/EWN. Police clear a burning tyre off The Golden Highway, set alight by protesters in Eldorado Park and Freedom Park who are protesting over service delivery. CAPE TOWN - Service delivery protests across South Africa are so far this year at a record high.

The latest data collected by Municipal IQ shows there were 144 major protests recorded since January.

In 2017, 173 demonstrations were recorded in total.

The company's Karen Heese says this is cause for concern.

"The most worrying feature of 2018 is that not only are we seeing an uptick in protests, they tend to be of a particularly violent nature, which means that we actually lose sight of the grievances behind these protests."

The worst affected province this year has been the Eastern Cape, followed by Gauteng and the Western Cape.

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