Service delivery protests in South Africa are continuing as different municipalities fail to deliver their mandate of providing basic services to their communities.
The Maluti-A-Phofung municipality in Free State has not supplied water to Qwaqwa since last year December and tensions flared up when a young girl drowned while trying to collect water from a nearby river.
Communities such as as the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality in the Chris Hani District of the Eastern Cape have also experienced a billing crisis which has not been solved in years.
With all these service delivery problems, Bongani Bingwa questions why many people in these communities continue to vote for the same leaders that do not deliver services.
He chats to North-West University public policy lecturer and Thabo Mbeki School of Leadership visiting lecturer TK Pooe to unpack this matter.
I always say this, in public policy ours is not to tell people who to vote for, but it is to simply say these are the material conditions that people live in and ask the question as to why they are doing it.
— TK Pooe, Public policy lecturer – North-West University
There is probably a lack of options or lack of leadership all around, he explains.
It makes no sense that you know very well that the municipality and the people in it are not working, yet you vote for them consistently. Are people saying we have no other option than this devil we have or there is something that we are not quite understanding?