CAPE TOWN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Deputy President David Mabuza on Tuesday urged all organs of the state and spheres of government to work together to provide collaborative solutions to service delivery amid widespread protests.
Mabuza was speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Service Delivery taking place in Cape Town.
Mabuza convened the meeting against the background of sporadic incidents of violent protests, looting, burning of shops and trucks and other acts of criminality across the country, particularly in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
Most protests were sparked by people's discontent with poor service delivery.
Mabuza strongly condemned acts of violence, destruction of property and targeting of foreign nationals in Gauteng and the burning of trucks in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
"Our state cannot be tested to that extreme," he said. "Such unbecoming behavior cannot become a normal phenomenon."
Mabuza urged South Africans to resist the temptation of being overwhelmed by hatred.
Protests over poor service delivery are not uncommon in South Africa where informal settlements lack safe and reliable water, adequate electricity supply, adequate sanitation and decent housing.
Last year President Cyril Ramaphosa established the IMC on Service Delivery at District Level to implement a district-based approach to fast track service delivery and to ensure that municipalities are adequately supported and resourced.
The committee will provide political oversight and serve as a catalyst to oversee the implementation of measures to accelerate service delivery at the local level through targeted support to municipalities. Enditem