Although service delivery protests were understandable, the violence that accompanied some demonstrations was concerning, Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa said yesterday.
Ramokgopa released the city's annual service delivery figures, showing the council had met, and even exceeded many of its targets for last year.
"We have become victims of our own success.
"When other people see what is possible for their neighbours, they know it's possible for them too.
"This creates great anxiety and impatience," she said.
She said her greatest concern was the backlogs that existed.
"For the poor who 13 years down the line are still trapped in poverty, it becomes very difficult to understand and appreciate fully that the budget caters for only a fraction of them at a time," Ramokgopa said.
She said she was concerned that criminals were misusing some of the service delivery protests or that they were being used for political posturing.
She urged those who wanted to protest to do so peacefully.
"It is possible for South Africans to raise their concerns in a democratic way, respecting public property, their own property and the rights of others."
Some of the figures released by Ramokgopa show that 11131 houses were electrified during last year.
An additional 13110 houses in the impoverished Winterveldt area also received electricity.
Almost 20000 households have been provided with sewer connections.
Ramokgopa said 98percent of households now had access to primary health care within a radius of 5km of where they live. - Sapa