n Local Government Bulletin - Withholding rates
A new culture of non-payment




Rates boycotts, alongside other forms of community protest, were historically linked to the grassroots struggles of communities against the apartheid government. Protest action in various forms - such as rates boycotts, bus boycotts, student protests and community riots - were among the few effective tools available to disempowered communities to voice their dissatisfaction. Those forms of protests - sometimes destructive and violent - conjure up images that are reminiscent of apartheid era activism. Rates withholding is an emerging form of protest that is being utilised increasingly by communities across South Africa.


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