Writing on the wall for political parties

2016-07-27 06:00

Local government elections are held every five years so that people can elect candidates of their choice who are then mandated as councillors to serve the needs of the local people in their jurisdiction.

Unfortunately, political parties impose on the community’s candidates, who are forced to follow party protocols and in doing so, neglect the actual needs of the very people who elected them.

The recent protests that took place in our city and other parts of the country, was orchestrated by disgruntled people who realised that parties were putting party agendas ahead of the peoples needs.

Fed up with poor service deliveries in the Northern areas of our city, people put their trust in the DA in the 2011 local elections, who gained control of three wards.

However, the slackness displayed by certain councillors over the past five years has been noted by the electorate. Regrettably, in their haste to fulfil party duties, while also promoting others to secure positions, they neglected the community. Favouritism and protocols by political parties is a failure that has left the people with no choice, but to nominate independent candidates to take charge of at least nine wards in our city.

The writing is on the wall for political parties, independents have started a new trend at local government, allowing communities to choose their own independent candidates to serve them. Democracy is about carrying forward the will of the people, and not pushing party political agendas.

ricky narine Via email

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