With services protests likely to hit a record high again this year, it is  consoling and disconcerting that social discontent has been seen on the streets globally in recent weeks.

These protests are a serious concern, endangering matric pupils writing of exams in some communities, disrupting traffic and at times injuring passers-by, resulting in torched and vandalised infrastructure from libraries and schools to municipal offices, pushing up special-risk premiums and deterring investment. But we are not alone...

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