Stephen Grootes South Africa 17 January 2014 00:00
The demonstrations known as “service delivery protests” have become so commonplace in our fair republic that many news organisations don’t even bother covering them anymore. Nowadays, it takes a death or two for the country to sit up and take notice. But dig a little deeper, and it seems that there are actually structural reasons for the deaths of three people during protests over water this week in the North West's Mothutlung, rather than somewhere else in the country. These protests tell us many things about our municipalities, corruption, the frustration of voters, and, in particular, the North West itself. But the main lesson to draw from the events this week is that the political system in the North West is completely broken. By STEPHEN GROOTES.