Let’s start making Madiba proud

2011-05-21 10:24

It was wonderful, wasn’t it? The sight of our founding president, Nelson Mandela, casting his ballot for the eighth time on Monday.

After the nation’s panic at the thought of his passing earlier this year, he has lived to cast another vote.

Madiba is looking well and insisted, as is his style, on doing his own thing as everybody tried to help him make his X.

It’s good to know that his vote is still his secret.

Now that the ballots are safely in the boxes and counted, it would be good to put to bed some of the myths that have beset the election campaign.
No party starts this new term any stronger than the other.

While the DA campaigned on the ­footing that it governs well where it governs, a look at the numbers suggests that this is a calculation made only on how well it compiles its ­financial reports.

On that score, the DA is excellent, but it’s worth noting that the party spends less per resident of all the top five metros.

Joburg takes poll position in investing in the future.

 Its real capital expenditure is significantly higher than all other major metros.

As for toilets, the DA is not the worst culprit – that dishonour is quite evenly spread.

The point is that it’s now time to stop lobbing turds and time to build an effective local state.

That is the way to honour an old man who got up to show us how to do it with honour this week.

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