Religious freedom

2011-05-16 00:00

THE ANC took the bold decision to host the football World Cup. Its success silenced critics and united the nation to fly our national flat with pride.

The ANC has indeed promoted freedom of all religions by ensuring that all our national functions are blessed by all religious leaders, confirming the respect for all religions.

The DA on the other hand has opposed the building of a mosque and Muslim learning classes for children in Queensburgh.

The ANC has identified with the passing away of Sai Baba, recognising his contribution to the upliftment of humanity. The ANC also took the lead in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of indentured Indians to South Africa, confirming that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. Now is the time for us to join hands and together address the challenges facing us to make a better life for all.

K. Pillay


ANC SUPPORTERS say that it was their party that removed the rot at the Msunduzi Municipality. If this is the case, how come a previous ANC executive committee member and the previous speaker, Alpha Shelembe, who were demoted as part of the process of removing the “rot”, now hold postions number six and number eight respectively on the ANC’s proportional representative (PR) list? They are ahead of present mayor Mike Tarr, who occupies position number 12. Tarr is part of the new administration brought in to clean up the rot.

In addition Shelembe is an accused facing corruption charges in a court case on the purchase of a building for the uMgungundlovu municipality.

The former speaker and Exco member should have been sanctioned as part of the clean-up campaign. Instead they are rewarded by being placed high on the PR list, giving them a chance to be re-appointed to their former posts. Clean-up! What clean- up?

Nithia Govender (Ward 28 DA candidate)

THERE is an alternative to the DA and the ANC. The African Christian Democratic Party has policies based on conservative Christian democratic principles that benefit the truly deserving poor while encouraging the undeserving poor to help themselves using policies that actually work and don’t discourage the productive.

J R Savage

New Hanover

STANDING for councillor in the upcoming elections has brought about some very interesting insights. People are concerned that if they vote for an independent to represent their ward, the “wrong” party might get the ward to run.

We will all get three votes, one vote for a ward representative, one vote for a district representative (your favourite party) and one vote for PR, again for your favourite party.

Obviously, I think, independent ward councilors are the way forward. It is the only real change we can make. But don’t forget, you will still have two votes for the political party of choice.

Vote for your “experienced” Pietermaritzburg city councillors with track records at your peril. Just look at the state of our city and maybe think again.

Ant Borain (Independent, Ward 26)

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