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Burning capabilities: the social cost of violent and destructive service delivery protests in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-28T16:22:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-28T16:22:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-28 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14125
dc.description.abstract South Africa is experiencing a rapid increase in violent and destructive service delivery protests since the advent of democracy. At the heart of the service delivery protests is growing dissatisfaction amongst the poor and marginalised due to their lack of access to services, growing corruption and unwillingness by local authorities to attend to communities??? needs. While research has been conducted on the key motives behind these service delivery protests, there is insufficient literature that considers the social cost of destroying public infrastructure. This article adopts the capability approach???s argument that access to services increases an individual???s capabilities, and argues that violent and destructive service delivery protests undermine future capabilities by destroying the public infrastructure that is essential to improving individual and community capabilities. Methodologically, this article uses three different case studies to show how violent and destructive service delivery protests destroy the very means of attaining capabilities and improving socio-economic conditions. Through exposing these contradictions and the associated vicious cycle, the article argues that citizens and the government should ensure the protection of infrastructure, while also increasing investment in public infrastructure to maximise access to services as a means to improve capabilities. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject SERVICE DELIVERY PROTESTS en
dc.subject SERVICE DELIVERY en
dc.title Burning capabilities: the social cost of violent and destructive service delivery protests in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 8(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10919 en
dc.PageNumber 51-70 en
dc.outputnumber 10003 en
dc.bibliographictitle Khambule, I., Nomdo, A. & Siswana, B. (2019) Burning capabilities: the social cost of violent and destructive service delivery protests in South Africa. <i>Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation</i>. 8(1):51-70. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Khambule, I. en
dc.contributor.author2 Nomdo, A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Siswana, B. en


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