Do as I say, not as I do

2010-02-02 11:02

TODAY we carry a story on how Co-operative Governance Minister

Sicelo Shiceka took two years to pay his municipal bill.

And while Shiceka would have us believe the delay was as a result

of the queries he had on the bill and accused neighbours of stealing his

electricity, the saga will leave a sour taste in the mouths of all

ratepayers.

Normally the council cuts off water and electricity services if the

account isn’t paid but this didn’t happen to the minister. Was he treated with

kid gloves because of his position. Or is it a case of “do as I say, not as I

do”?

Whichever way you look at it, the mere fact that a minister tasked

with ensuring service delivery took so long to settle his municipal bill is

worrying.

And if he was only querying the electricity bill why didn’t he pay

for the other services such as refuse removal, water, municipal taxes and

rates?

Municipalities countrywide battle to recover money owed by

ratepayers and this, by Shiceka’s own admission, ­affects service delivery.

The Zuma presidency wants to be known as a leadership that delivers

on its promises but if his own ministers are not leading by example then it

flies in the face of the ruling party’s promise to rid the country of poor

service.

Zuma must crack the whip right at the top.

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