Election Letters

2011-05-04 00:00

Finger Pointing

IT is election time again and “finger pointing” is at its height.

Opposition parties in their campaigns are going around saying the ruling party brought down the glorious City of Choice single-handedly. What they don’t tell us is that:

• The DA and the IFP were part of the Msunduzi Executive Committee (Exco) and therefore technically not in opposition to the ANC, so they are not blameless in what happened.

• When the ANC asked its Exco members to resign, the DA and IFP Exco members sat back like blameless saints and collected their fat salaries and as opportunists of the best order resorted to finger pointing.

Now they tell us they have a plan. What plan?

Only the ANC has succeeded in being proactive and removing the rot and bringing in new credible administrative leadership to turn the city around. The ANC has a clear plan to achieve a better life for its citizens.

B. Pillay, Raisethorpe



COUNCILLOR Les Naidoo and the ANC are the ruling party and have controlled the Msunduzi Municipality for the past five years. Naidoo claims that they have a proud track record and yet he is quoted in The Witness as saying that he is at his wits’ end because the waste management department of his ANC-led municipality is not collecting the refuse. He then has the audacity to complain about this non-delivery of service, not because the hard-done-by residents are not having their refuse collected, but because this non-service delivery is affecting his and the ANC’s campaign to be re-elected. How arrogant and self-centred can you be?

Nithia Govender, Democratic Alliance candidate, ward 28


Free Gas for City

WHY haven’t we built a simple collector and digester at our sewage farm to convert the sewage into free methane gas? We can generate our own free electricity with this gas and the waste product from the gas production is an excellent natural fertiliser. We could set aside a bit of land and the unemployed/destitute could grow free fruit and vegetables for themselves and Pietermaritzburg.

Why isn’t the municipality collecting all the used cooking oil in Pietermaritzburg and producing free bio-diesel for its vehicles and free natural healthy soap for everyone?

Why haven’t fruit trees been planted all over Pietermaritzburg? They plant very expensive useless trees all the time.

Why can’t the municipal security guards and traffic officers be liable for picking up litter while they are on duty? This might even encourage them to enforce the litter law.

Why are we pushing people away from Pietermaritzburg with continual price and tariff increases and offering less and less service? If our municipality had any knowledge of productivity it could become a fully self-sufficient entity instead of a continual drain on society.

Ant Borain, Independent candidate, ward 26

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