Giving back money is an insult

2015-10-15 06:00

According to the World Bank, our economy is unstable and one of the world’s most volatile.

Service delivery protests are said to contribute to this instability.

This reflects negatively on the country to potential investors.

I was very disappointed to learn that local municipalities have to return millions to the national treasury as the money has not been used. This is an insult to the people who live in poverty, especially in rural areas. These people live in very poor conditions. They don’t have basic services like water, proper sanitation or roads. How is it possible that money allocated to improving people’s lives is returned and considered unused, as if everything has been done?

This is looking down on the poor. Their dignity is being sacrificed. It is like saying the money is there, but we don’t have people to serve. This happens because of corrupt leaders and financial mismanagement. I wonder what our provincial and national government is saying about this. Do they really think we are on the right path to a better life for all, as they have promised? Something drastic needs to be done urgently. It’s time leaders came together to serve the people who put them in power

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