Local government: Experiences of harm or threats of violence (HTV) 2018

Resource Type
  • Kanyane, Modimowabarwa Barwa
  • Ngungu, Mercy Nduku
  • Rule, Stephen
  • Viljoen, Johannes
  • Wentzel, Maria Elizabeth
  • Mdlongwa, Edward Thabani
  • Human Sciences Research Council
Publication Date
Embargo End Date
  • Human Sciences Research Council (Producer)
Funding Reference
  • South African Local Government Association
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  • Abstract

    Description: This data set contains the responses given by municipal officials from an online survey of violence experiences. The data set has 35 variables and 448 cases.

    Abstract: This study was commissioned as an update on a baseline study conducted by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in 2016 and stems from the growing number of acts of political violence against local government level politicians and officials. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) fielded an online questionnaire survey of the experiences of violence by councillors, ward committee members and municipal officials. It yielded responses from 448 respondents during the period November 2018 to March 2019. Subject areas and major variables covered in the data set included: Violence exposure of respondents Remedial actions undertaken and the outcomes Effects of violence on the person; private and professional Links of violence to protest actions Basic demographic variables

Temporal Coverage
  • 2018 / 2019
Geographic Coverage
  • South Africa (ZA)
Sampled Universe
Municipal councillors, managers, officials and ward committee members.
This online survey targeted as many municipal officials on local government level possible. A sample size of 448 respondents was obtained, with 387 participants answering most of the questions. Cases where respondents only provided demographic data and a position held within the municipality and did not complete the other questions in the questionnaire because they were no longer interested in proceeding with the questions were retained due to the importance of demographic data. Of the 387 participants to the SALGA-HSRC study, more than half (57.8%) were local public councillors and about one-quarter (24.8%) were municipal officials. The rest were members of ward committees (9, 8%), municipal managers (3, 1%) or unspecified (4, 5%). With the largest numbers of responses from Gauteng (20, 1%), Eastern Cape (19, 9%) and the Western Cape (15, 2%). The ratio of females to males from whom responses were received was approximately 40:60.
Time Dimension
  • Other
    Other, Online survey
Collection Mode
  • Self-completion
  • Web-based self-completion
This data set is owned by SALGA and only available to HSRC researchers who must obtain permission from the client to re-use the data. A request for access can be sent to datahelp@hsrc.ac.za, accompanied by the written permission from SALGA. By accessing the data, you give assurance that The data and documentation will not be duplicated, redistributed or sold without prior approval from the rights holder. The data will be used for scientific research or educational purposes only. The data will only be used for the specified purpose. If it is used for another purpose the additional purpose will be registered. Redundant data files will be destroyed. The confidentiality of individuals/organisations in the data will be preserved at all times. No attempt will be made to obtain or derive information from the data to identify individuals/organisations. The HSRC and SALGA will be acknowledged in all published and unpublished works based on the data according to the provided citation. The HSRC will be informed of any books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, reports or other publications resulting from work based in whole or in part on the data and documentation. For archiving and bibliographic purposes an electronic copy of all reports and publications based on the requested data will be sent to the HSRC. To offer for deposit into the HSRC Data Collection any new data sets which have been derived from or which have been created by the combination of the data supplied with other data. The data team bears no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses. Failure to comply with the End User License may result in sanctions being imposed.

Update Metadata: 2021-01-13 | Issue Number: 235 | Registration Date: 2020-01-30