CAPE TOWN Aug 11, 2011 It has been nine months since the most recent election here in South Africa. The DA (Democratic Alliance) has maintained control of the Western Cape with the assistance of votes from numerous township area communities, but these people are losing patience with regard to service delivery, construction of houses, access to water and consistent electricity. In many areas, such as Delft, residents have recently rioted and attacked the Eskom building in response to nine months without electricity. It was recently reported that police used rubber bullets and other physical means to break up these gatherings. While some have resorted to violence, other groups such as the "Backyarders from Ward 108" in nearby Mfuleni, continue to follow a democratic path to resolve these issues. They gathered outside the offices of the Western Cape administration in downtown Cape Town yesterday to present a memorandum to Helen Zille's office, but were only met with police blocking the main doors to the offices. Representatives of Zille's office came out to inform the legal protestors that she was unavailable. One of the "Backyarders" exclaimed to the crowd, "Helen was there singing and dancing with us when she needed our vote, but where is she now? Why won't she come and speak with us now when WE need HER?" Check back for more photos on this on Sunday after I go through Mfuleni to document the conditions these "Backyarders" are protesting over.