SABC News - Protests are caused by governments failure to deliver services:Monday 2 June 2014

'Protests are caused by government's failure to deliver services'

Monday 2 June 2014 10:36

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According to Civicus there is a growing trend of protests and civil unrest sweeping many parts of the world.

According to Civicus there is a growing trend of protests and civil unrest sweeping many parts of the world.(REUTERS)

General Secretary of Civicus Dr Danny Sriskandarajah says that protests in different parts of the world are as a result of the growing dissatisfaction among civilians about the failure of the government to deliver services.

Speaking on SA fm’s Forum@ 8 Sriskandarajah adds that political leaders are unable to deal with the discontent because they focus on elections, the number of votes and forget about delivering promises they make to the people.

there is a huge gap between the people’s political aspirations and what the governments are delivering

According to a Civicus report titled “The state of civil society “ recent protests hot spots include Brazil, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela and several countries in Asia.

The report notes similarities in the reasons that cause protests.

Dissatisfaction with people's lack of voice, the behaviour of political and economic elites, corruption and inequality are some of the main reasons civilians take to the streets.

Sriskandarajah says that there is a huge gap between the people’s political aspirations and the reality of what the governments are delivering.  


Tunisian blogger, Women’s and Peace activist Aya Chebbi highlights that protests are no longer restricted to the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region where there is a dictatorship but they are also evident in democratic regimes.

She adds that although other people have doubts about the effectiveness of protesting, activists are still of the view that it is as an essential form of mobilisation.

According to the Civicus report in the wake of protests many governments feel threatened  and step up their efforts to close down civic space through legislation, demonisation of protests and harassment of the civil society activists and their organisation.

Chebbi says that civic organisations are aware of the implications of protests and are constantly in consultation with human rights lawyers to ensure that the rights of those that participate are not violated. Edited by Lerato Matlala

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