'Dear Tony Ehrenreich...'

2011-04-29 09:26

Dear Tony Ehrenreich,

I like you. I do. You are very clearly so passionate about the needs of the disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape and that is the type of person we need in power - a pro-active individual who will address the needs of this city and deliver on basic services which have been lacking since... forever. Based on this I would really love to vote for you.

However, your extreme views on “affluent areas” are worrisome for me. I happen to live in an affluent area in the Northern Suburbs, the part of Cape Town you publicly speak out against - the “elite/white wealthy” residents of Cape town who are “friends of the Democratic Alliance”. Yes, those are direct quotes from your press releases in my inbox.

It’s really not fair of you to make such a massive generalisation. I, for one, know plenty of people on this side of the world who are not regarded as part of the “elite wealthy” and who do not support the DA. In fact, here are loads of “poor whites” who are pro-ANC and anti-DA and there plenty of non-whites who live here.

For now I just want to touch on one tiny issue that you have made a big hoo-haa about on numerous occasions - transport infrastructure in the townships vs transport infrastructure in the affluent areas, home to the apparent DA supporters.

You have always been openly critical of the bicycle lane that was constructed to run from Milnerton to Cape Town’s Central Business District. You’ve expressed your dissatisfaction with the City of Cape Town that “prioritises bicycle lanes for white wealthy citizens whilst poorer communities on the Cape Flats are subjected to overcrowded and unsafe public transport every day of their lives”. Here’s another lovely quote of yours: “These larneys of Milnerton all have cars anyway, so they should not be the most urgent consideration of public funds.”

The “poor, mainly black and coloured communities” are fortunate enough to have trains, buses and taxis running every few minutes. They start their rounds early in the morning and end off late in the evenings. I wish I could take public transport to work but I can’t because in my neighbourhood there are no nearby train stations, taxis are virtually non-existent and there’s one bus every hour starting from 06:00 only.

I am not white, wealthy or elite. I can barely afford to own a car, much less keep it filled with petrol, but I have no choice. I have a job to get to by a certain time every day in Salt River. I really wish public transport could be more accessible for my neighbours and me, and I would love to do my part in saving the planet and using a car as seldom as possible.

I think there is a great need for a bicycle lane or any other infrastructural developments that would reduce traffic and our carbon footprints, as well as making public transport way more accessible. We have a right to these services as we pay tax - probably more than those living in the poorer communities. So why can’t we benefit from that public funds? Why do we have to be excluded from development projects if we contribute towards public funding?

Of course the disadvantaged communities must be upgraded and developed. I support that 100 % because my roots lie in the Cape Flats. But we in the North can’t be completely overlooked and sidelined.

Please bear something in mind. Not everybody living in Milnerton, Table View, Blouberg and its surrounds are rich or white. Poverty is widespread and it knows no race. Everybody is battling to survive these days. We are all affected by the ever-increasing costs of living and there is a large informal settlement here called Du Noon that will also benefit from any social upliftment projects.

Lastly, could you please try to refrain from referring to the “blacks”, “coloureds” and “whites”? You are calling for the integration of the different races and classes which is cool. But you have got to stop with the race labelling. The more you refer to individual races, the more you’re making us sound to be a divided nation. We should all always aim to be united - whites, coloureds, blacks, yellows etc.

When I read your press releases targeting the “white elite of Milnerton” I get a great sense of animosity towards them from you. I’m not sure if I want someone like that, who discriminates against certain races and classes, to be my leader. So come May 18, who will I be voting for to be my mayor, the person who will look out for the needs of my community? That is the million-dollar question.

Yours sincerely,
Faatimah Hendricks

- Faatimah is a journalist and works at a community media house. She blogs here and tweets here.

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  • SimonP - 2011-04-29 09:37

    Ehrenreich is nothing but a corrupt ANC racist cadre, there is no point trying to get through his colour indocrinated skull.

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-04-29 10:14

      Aaaaahhhhh is that you my friend Tshepo , embarrassing the African black race again , come on brother engage at an intellectual level not an emotional one. Rise up and add value man !

      Damask - 2011-04-29 10:15

      ugh I normally ignore this troll but this is the most offensive thing he has said yet - I wonder if you realise, Anc13thDisciple, that if all the whites and coloureds and indians got out, there would be nothing left in this country, nothing of worth anyway

      gizzy - 2011-04-29 10:17

      Thsepo,Anc13th Whatever, ploydonkey - All one and the same racist troll!! Best ignored!!

      Brenton - 2011-04-29 10:19

      @Anc13thDisciple What are you trying to achieve here? You keep changing your name and then make statements that have no merit. If you are too much of a coward to air your views legitimately please stay away from forums like these.

      Nunya - 2011-04-29 10:24

      @Anc13thidiot...Don't you feel like an absolute idiot when you talk such SH1T. Your ANC's days are numbered...Bow down before PRESIDENT ZILLE!!. I am going to make a point of laughing at you after the 18th May, I will look for you on these pages, but you will go into hiding...all of you losers...REMEMBER THESE WORDS ON 29.04.2011.

      cerveza - 2011-04-29 10:31

      don't worry about ANC13th people, it is just "tsepo the what ever" that ran out of ideas for his tsepo persona, he will never come in you area, on your farm and in your school, the ANCYL will not let him out of his cubicle as he is their best spelling troll and has a job to do

      Nunya - 2011-04-29 11:00

      Oh, now you spoilt all my are just a white guy taking the p1ss out of the people...damn. Anyway, good one there.

      kevinmet - 2011-04-29 11:05

      @anc13thdisciple Don't vote and persuade your 'bras' at the braai not too as well! Great plan! In all seriousness this does show the 'ANC cadre' attitude, sit on your ass, do nothing and just expect things to happen! (usually for free)

      Neles - 2011-04-29 11:27

      @Simpiwe Anc13thDisciple is not black. He's just a troll probably a DA supporter trying reverse psychology online lol

      DeonL - 2011-04-29 11:39

      ANC13th- I thought the ANC is a party for all races? This is not Zimbabwe or North Korea or Cuba, move there if you want a 1 party state.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-04-29 11:48

      Ignore Anc13th his just doing his weekly trolling as usual.

      ocon777 - 2011-04-29 12:43

      BWAHAHAHAHA ANC13thDic - you have a long way to go my man and you going backwards right now! you will never rule this whole country with a 2/3 majority ever again. Get used to that! Finish & Klaar. Writhe in your self hatered and hatred of your fellow man, its choking you to death. Its what the devil wants - for you to be bitter and hateful and spiteful. Damn - I cant help feeding the trolls, I feel so much pity for them.

      Blikskottel - 2011-04-29 17:30

      I fully agree.

      WIZZ - 2011-05-01 23:58

      I agree. He is also just an opportunist, looking to enrich himself now that he has proved his so-called allegiance via the TU movement.

  • avhasei - 2011-04-29 09:40

    good article and i like when you say come the 18 May, we will know whose going to be the winner for cape town and the rest of the country, lets go and vote but my vote is not secret. viva ANC, VIVA COSATU

      Nunya - 2011-04-29 10:31

      @avhasei...BOW DOWN TO PRESIDENT ZILLE.....mamparra!!

      vtowntekkie - 2011-04-30 09:34

      Go see a "toordocter"!

  • Sharon - 2011-04-29 09:43

    Well said!!!

  • AJ - 2011-04-29 09:45

    Wealthy and poor areas stand in contrast to each other all over the country. The 'bash Rondebosch brigade' would be better concentrating on the gap in their own municipal areas, i.e Sandhurst / Alexandra; Waterkloof / Mamelodi etc. The same problems exist country wide, it seems the DA are just handling the execution a lot better. I've never understood the ANC goal of trying to drag everyone else down to their pitiful service levels as opposed to raising their own disastrous performance.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-30 22:10

      on your last sentence the awnser is simple. If they drag everyone down to their level they have to do a LOT less work in order to look even adequate.

  • gcr - 2011-04-29 09:46

    Dear old Tony aspires too much for what these elitesof Milnerton have - after all why would he have his medical procedure undertaken in a Netcare facility - why didn't he take his chances at one of the state hospitals and live with the consequence of their poor medical care. Oh and Tony - really over the top to even contemplate having a labour day rally at the Cape Town stadium even at the lesser figure of R 1 million, what possesses you to even contemplate spending trade union monies of this order on a rally - as a mayor of CT I am sure you will show everyone how to get into debt in less than 5 years - you don't display any competencies in spending public funds. Vote for you - never

      Damask - 2011-04-29 10:18

      Lol I was wondering the same thing as well. I have never been into Cape Town stadium (have been outside it many times though) and I have never felt the need to demand to go in, simply because I live in Cape Town. It's like going to the One & Only and demanding a room for free... or maybe we could ask Shiceka to sponsor us?

      gizzy - 2011-04-29 10:19

      Don't forget his holiday house in Kleinmond!!!!!

      Mxhuma - 2011-04-29 11:02

      I really got worried when Tony wanted to hold the May 1 Rally at the CT stadium and even wanting the City to pay some of the costs. His only reasoning was that the poor needed t use the facility. If this man becomes Mayor of CT, I am really concerned about the damage he will cause.

  • FearoPhobia - 2011-04-29 09:47

    He's just telling the poor what they want to hear in order to get votes. Unfortunately at election time all these political sluts get out and start mouthing off in order to get a few extra votes. It's sad to watch.

  • Perfume - 2011-04-29 09:47

    I like your letter Faatimah, and like you said "poverty knows no colour", I wonder if most think that the whites, coloureds, indians and blacks are having it easy in South Africa...I feel for the whites that are forever the targets in this country some are being blamed for what happened in the apartheid years, and on the other hand the unemployment rate is high in all races.

  • Tc - 2011-04-29 09:48

    One thing is clear. This country and the future of our people is much too important to entrust to the plundering and lies of the ANC. Dammit, I am worried! Is there any hope?

  • CM - 2011-04-29 09:49

    Yes polydonkey and co. We know about the open toilet saga, you don't have to bring it up again, seems like the only thing you have to say when the DA or Western Cape is mentioned.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-29 10:23

      DA cares only for certain people.

      DW - 2011-04-29 11:40

      @ Poloy - I read your link and dont know what your point is. It is simply an article reflecting the pre-election political spin by Zuma. It proves nothing and it says nothing. His speech was not even very effective as it is also rather meaningless. Not sure what you are trying to prove.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-30 22:12

      That he's the poster-child for brainwashing and believes all the ANC dribble being produced?

  • Jonty - 2011-04-29 09:49

    Hi Faatimah Congrats on a really well-written response to Tony Ehrenreich. I share your view totally. It really is disappointing to see a candidate for Mayor of one of the World's finest cities, riddled with animosity and hate towards certain races, and whose judgement is clouded by his dislike for whites. As a white person who does not share in the opulent wealth that Ehrenreich thinks all whites have access to, I would love to have a half hour or so to point this poor misguided politician in the right direction, so that he can channel some of his anger towards people within his OWN community, and especially people in his own party who live in total luxury while their followers can hardly afford a loaf of bread. Nobody is denying that there are many people - from all race groups in this country - who do very little for the poor, outside of the money we pay monthly in income tax, which is SUPPOSED to look after all the people of this country - but to single out whites, is telling us that, in the unlikely event of Ehrenreich and the ANC winning the Mayoral Chain in Cape Town - the "racist" council he keeps referring to (aka DA), will merely be replaced by another racist council - this time just the other way around. Oh, and whilst on the subject of Ehrenreich slamming so-called "racist white elite", I really find his silence deafening when it comes to the despicable money squandering of some ANC cabinet ministers. Why Mr Ehrenreich, have you chosen to remain totally silent

      Ogre - 2011-04-29 11:07

      The reason that Mr Ehrenreich as well as the other ANC fat cats ignore the corruption is simple: YOU DO NOT BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU however badly the others get treated.

      unconformity - 2011-04-29 11:37

      Well, as Tony is harping on race - is he not half white himself? In fact he looks more than half white...

      Perfume - 2011-04-29 13:10 must be genetic kick back, somewhere along his family tree there is white :) Ehrenreich of German descent, just asking?

      Perfume - 2011-04-29 13:11

      Too add to my comment @uncomfortably...there are a lot of Coloureds who look like whites, and like I said it is genetic kick back :)

      ocon777 - 2011-04-29 13:21

      I thought Tony was a dutchman? .... haha

      vtowntekkie - 2011-04-30 09:50

      Well said Jonty,don't wait for a reply....

      Dave Benoni - 2011-04-30 17:28

      The more vitriolic Ehrenreich's speeches become, the more brownie points he clocks up with the corrupt leadership of the ANC. He has very little to commend himself for, and thinks that by dragging a worthy opponent down he will appear a better candidate. These people NEVER refer to their party's previous track record, because it is too embarrassing. Vote ANC at your peril.

  • tkotze - 2011-04-29 09:51

    I don't really see how the "white" "rich" communities is getting al the attention? Taxi lanes are built on the N2. The N2 coming into town is upgraded, the M5/N1 crossing is upgraded, all of which benefits ALL Cape Townians from Simonstown to Melkbos. The public transport (RBT) being built in Blouberg for example will help the poorer class to get to work using affordable reliable transport like the shopping malls. The way forward is not to take away ALL money from established areas and give it to areas which still need to be transformed into formal residential areas. If that was the case by the time you have transformed the informal areas the formal areas will have gone to ruins, businesses and families started to move away and less jobs area available for the people that now have a nice street and lights. Then the "white" "rich" suburbs may still have "rich" in them, but they are definately not "white" anymore. The people that go out and make it strive for a better live, and that includes reaching for the nicer suburbs and in doing so breed a whole new generation that is brought up in a decent environment. Do they also need to be punished? For what should they strive if nothing better exists? I can't say I am familiar with everything that goes on in the informal areas, but what I do know is that I see A LOT more development going on in current and previous informal areas. Look at the R300 for example and how houses are built.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-29 10:19

      We still have thousands of shacks next to the N2, I am using N2 as an example because you sound scared to go into townships.

      SimonP - 2011-04-29 10:34

      poloyatonki, when the ANC controlled the westrn cape did they build houses and get rid of the shacks?

      juschase00 - 2011-04-29 10:43

      @Poloyatonki you make it sound as our townships are the worst in the country. i'd love for there to be a survey on the likes of khayelitsha,nyanga and the rest and compare it to the other "townships" where ANC rule. I bet you cape towns standards would beat each and every one of them.

      Zee - 2011-04-29 10:44

      @Poloyatonki: Houses are being built, and people are moving in. I know for a fact that as soon as someone moves into an RDP house, they phone their families and friends in the Eastern Cape to come and move in to their old shack. This compounds the housing problem in the Western Cape and hence the townships seem to forever be growing. Amazing how people flock from the ANC "stronghold" of the Eastern Cape to the DA-run Western Cape to find a better life. Now what does that tell you? :)

      juschase00 - 2011-04-29 10:44

      @Poloyatonki and if you going still say our townships are that bad, why is mzoli's now a tourist attraction for cape town? surely if it was that terrible, all walks of life would be caught dead there

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-29 10:56

      juschase00.. Mzoli is at the gates of Gugulethu, being there doesnt mean you are in the heart of the township. You must go to places like Maphindi.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-29 10:58

      SimonP... You know that ANC controlled WC at the early stages of democracy. Thats why I say 17 years is not enough.

      Ogre - 2011-04-29 11:25

      Poly, the RDP housing in Cape Town falls under the control of our Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale. Currently there are problems in the delivery of these houses, the reason why he is in the Cape so often these days. In fact, the DA are trying to purchase the low cost houses owned by FNB as these houses have been standing empty for a while.

      DW - 2011-04-29 11:45

      @Poloy - 17 years is not enough for the ANC but you are willing to point fingers at DA who have had far less than 17 years to fix the rot in the Cape Town townships. Either it is not enough for both parties, or the most that could have been expected from the ANC can also be expected from the DA. You cannot have it both ways.

      DeonL - 2011-04-29 11:46

      Poly the shacks would get less if more people work or want to work. You would probably agree that 95% of people staying in shacks don't work. ANC should inspire more people to want to uplift themsleves, but they don't.

      tkotze - 2011-04-29 11:48

      @Poloyatonki, generally I want to trust, but the last time I went into a township I was threatened by young black boys with a knife - "going to slit your throat you white boer", and the second last time every person in the township looked at me as if I am the worst scum under the sun. Guess I will have to reconsider the next time I help a black boy back to his parents place and prevent him from walking all the way from town back home at night alone.

      tkotze - 2011-04-29 11:57

      @Poly. Another thing I would like to add. I see hundreds of houses being built along R300. I see many flats being erected next to N2. I also see a lot of protest when developments are planned for informal areas since the people that stay their do not want to move further from town. Understandable, but these things does cause the development to happen not inside informal areas most of the time, but on the outskirts. This in turn means that the transformation from informal areas into developed areas are hampered and you will in such cases see that the changes is not so much visible inside, but on the outside. Btw Poloyatonki, thanks for keeping comments civil and to the point, not going down the skin-colour path. This form of conversation is more productive :) One last thing, in the last 10 years it is remarkable to see the influx of people looking for opportunities, be it from EC or Zimbabwe, but it is just impossible to keep up with building houses with this trends. No government will be able to cope with the current trend, not ANC, not DA, nor any other party that comes in. First step, stop population growth with immigrants (therefore Zimbabwe needs to be sorted out by our government for our countries well-being and that means getting rid of Mugabe and associates) and then we can tackle the South Africans which was born and raised here with better services - imo

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-29 12:02

      tkotze.. I am sorry to hear what happened to you but Zille must do something about crime, I am black and i cant even go into cape flats. The only thing our premier does is dancing in a blue dress...

      SimonP - 2011-04-29 12:12

      Poloyatonki, you say 17 years is not long enough for the ANC but the short time the DA has run the WC is long enough to fix things. Either you have double standards or you are saying the DA are far more capable than the ANC. Which is it?

      Perfume - 2011-04-29 13:14

      @Polio under the ANC government, please tell me why the masses are still living in shacks...I await your answer on this?????

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-29 14:13

      Perfume Its simple, 17 years is a very little time. Millions have houses but more still need to be done and thats possible under ANC gov.

      Perfume - 2011-04-29 14:26

      17yrs is a long time takes them a few days to steal millions of the tax payers money, so you trying to tell me they need another 17 more years, before the masses can own homes...hmmmmmm glad I am not a follower of deception!!!!!

      Stryder - 2011-04-29 14:39

      @Poly - How about the thousand of shacks next to the N14 Krugerdorp Highway. Diepsloot looks like a scrap metal yard.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-29 15:31

      Stryder.. I wouldnt know that because i live in Cape Town.

  • BigMoose - 2011-04-29 09:52

    Tony, there is an oversupply of you in the Western Cape. Please listen to Jimmy Manyi and leave.

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  • DeonL - 2011-04-29 09:53

    Tony is making the middle class and upper class feeling guilty of having something in life. It is not a sin to want to better yourself, it could be a sin you want everything for free and hate those that have something. Only in SA some people think that socialism and communism can work, it has never worked anywhere in the world.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-04-29 10:26

      Its called the Robinhood syndrome that politicians get caught in when blasting away with their guilt assault rifles. The anc forgets that every accomplishment they love to promote came directly from the funding of those they use to stir emotion in for votes. Look what they have compared to you , i'll get more money from them and give to you (Go.. robin).Without those 'affluent' area's you could not provide jack for the other communities so take care of that which takes care of the others.

      cerveza - 2011-04-29 10:54

      @deonl - have you ever heard of Europe? In France more than 4% of the votes were in favour of communism, in Germany it is much more and in Greece (you might heard of them, they started democracy) the socialist party won the last election. Only in SA do the self claimed "rich and educated" think they know everything that is going on without being willing to look outside

      Mystic Boer - 2011-04-29 11:51

      @ cerveza......WOW a full 4% !!!

      DeonL - 2011-04-29 11:52

      Cerveza - 4% is hardly mentionable, Greece is a bankrupt state. It has been said that you get a pension in Greece at 35 years of age, no wonder they are in trouble. Any other countries you want to use as an example? The rest of the world and even Russia and China is going the Capitalist system's way.

      cerveza - 2011-04-29 12:47

      @DeonL - While I agree 4% is not that much, it still proves that more than 4 out of every 100 people in France, believes in communism, something you claimed does not exist outside of Africa. As for Germany, the socialist party has 146 and the the Linke (communists) has 76 out of 622 seats in parliament, together they have more than a 3rd of all seats. Other countries I'll mention to you is Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, all of them have economic systems best described as "Democratic Socialism" So the idea of communism and socialism is very alive and being practiced through political influence and not the failed "revolutionary" way that never resulted into real communism in the 1st place. But I'll excuse your ignorance as I know you paid to be educated, I'll blame your "educaters" for lying to you

      ocon777 - 2011-04-29 13:30

      cerveza - a democratic socialism would be the best thing on earth... If and only if our democratically elected leader ACTUALLY had the people at heart and not their pockets. Unfortunately that seems not to be the case here. what do you think?

      Mad Hatter - 2011-04-29 14:01 Should clarify socialist state debate .

      Blikskottel - 2011-04-29 17:34

      Deon, do not worry about comment on Europe. Those commie socialist ideas are fast catching up to them. Just to many mouths that want feeding without adding anything....suckers asked for it if you ask me.

      v3 - 2011-04-30 18:54

      Toney "Grootmond met Kleinmond vakansiehuis" is NOT making the the middle class feel guilty for owning what they have worked for; he is just making himself ridiculous. He is also making the ANC embarrassed. Personally I think that he was set up by factions in the ANC: by making him mayoral candidate, they knew he would get a thrashing; revenge for Vavi's criticisms, perhaps or simply the normal ANC power struggles.

  • avhasei - 2011-04-29 09:54

    vote DA and open toilets is coming, vote ANC gautrain is there and grants for poor.

      CM - 2011-04-29 09:59

      hey avahasei - I got the "open toilet" comment in before you. naa na na naa na

      kaz - 2011-04-29 10:11

      ha ha ha, sadly open toilets is the only incident you can refer to which(by the way) was actually discussed with the community beforehand and they had agreed to put the roofs on toilets themselves, get you story straight. If the Gautrain is, once again, your only example of a well run ANC municipality then that is very sad. All the striking in Gauteng, having the highest crime rate even though it is the smallest province...I can name many more of these incidents, so get off your high horse and wake up. Just because DA is a 'white' party (with many African members) you choose to vote for a party who does very little except steal tax payer's money for their own personal gain.

      GrimReaper10 - 2011-04-29 10:15

      You mean the gautrain they still haven't finish paying for? For those up coming tollgates?

      JohannV - 2011-04-29 10:19

      All successful countries try to cut on grants - but sunny SA is becoming a welfare state, whereby the few have to spend more to support the many. The many are worthless drunks, junkies, thieves, robbers and rapists who'd rather get a grant than work to uplift themselves. So stuff your grants!

      Cuba12 - 2011-04-29 10:36

      Giving people grants is nothing more than a sign of a failed state. The fact that the ANC and their supporters are so proud of these grants is a clear sign that they (the supporters at least) have no desire to become self-sufficient adults and would rather spend their lives suckling on the government's teets. The government doesn't seem to mind either, as this ensures that they stay in power while the tax base grows ever smaller.

      Ogre - 2011-04-29 11:34

      As I understand it the open toilet situation was an inherited situation from the previous Western Cape government and was not properly resolved. From my point of view and experience of the past 18 years, voting for the ANC can be likened to what I saw when traveling in the old Transkei. Today you see a hut being built on a hilltop and in 6 months the hill is stripped bare of grazing and trees, so then the hut gets moved to the next hill. Where is the ANC moving to when SA is stripped bare?

      DeonL - 2011-04-29 11:54

      Remember the Gautrain is not cheap, people on grants won't be able to afford it. Rather ask your ANC to make labour laws more leniant and more people will be able to work, we need more workers in SA, less people on grants.

      Blikskottel - 2011-04-29 17:35

      You obviously live with your head in an open toilet. The whole world has recognized CTW as the best run city in RSA, by FAR!

      v3 - 2011-04-30 18:56

      But the Gautrain only serves the rich areas. The ANC did NOT extend it to Soweto. How many of Toney Grootmond's claimed constituency are regular travellers to or from the airport?

      maggielou - 2011-05-05 17:48

      Ag shame - and that's all you ever will have. Who can afford the Gautrain in any case. Only you and your cadre idiots on the gravy train - stupid fool!

  • ZACKIE - 2011-04-29 09:56

    Tony is a typical Anc hypocrite ..Anc is getting desperate and dreaming they will win the Cape they can run it into ground like the rest of the areas they control

      DW - 2011-04-29 11:49

      Tony is going down in flames. He can never win over Cape Town after the huge improvements that the DA have implemented. He is the ANC "token coloured"

      ocon777 - 2011-04-29 13:35

      We all have to have dreams. Tony 1 day dreams of being CT mayor! Unfortunately some dreams just dont come true.

      Neles - 2011-04-29 14:54

      @DW - is Patricia not the DA's token coloured? And what about that black BEE guy the DA put up as a front - forgot his name. not important.

  • heebeejeebee - 2011-04-29 09:59

    Dear Faatimah, I agree on most of your points. However, I think you are missing the issue here by not considering where Mr Ehrenreich is coming from. Remember, COSATU is a workers union and their support mostly comes from the lower income groups. COSATU, like the ANC, has to keep some sort of revolutionary idea alive (enter Mr Julius Malema) in order to garner support from the poor. This is very conveniently done by usually trying to convince the poor that they have been screwed over by the system (whites in a SA context)and that the world owes them big time. In some cases that is a legitimate fight, but mostly it is based on false propaganda. Without all the populist rhetoric about revolutions, class struggle, apartheids legacy, etc., they really have nothing much to fall back on. History and logic is not on their side, therefore, one would totally expect Tony Ehrenreich to come up with some sort of generalisation and racial polarisation of the northern suburbs. This is the only way he can keep his little revolution alive. So, what I'm trying to point out to you is that Mr Ehrenreich is just as predictable as all his commie friends who, for nearly 200 years now, have been preaching revolution this, revolution that, without actually making the world a better place.

      jb - 2011-05-13 15:12

      Tony and them had been preaching revolution for 200 years whilst whites have been screwing (literally and otherwise) this country for near to 350 years

  • Jonty - 2011-04-29 09:59

    Why are you silent about Minister Shiceka spending R60 000 on one night's accommodation in an expensive Cape Town hotel, while all these people who vote for his and your party are suffering so badly, as you (rightly) point out? Why did you not say ANYTHING about the hundreds of thousands of rands he spent flying overseas to visit his girlfriend who is in prison? Why have you not said anything about the luxury houses that ANC members built in places like Llandudno, and the multimillion rand security systems and security personnel that hey have acquired to ensure that they are not harrassed or robbed by the very poor people that you claim your party seeks to help and rescue. No I'm sorry Mr Ehrenreich. All you (and your morally bankrupt party) are trying to do, is to score cheap political points at the expense of the very people that keep the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape as a whole, going. You guys had the chance when you were in power in Cape Town and the Western Cape - and you blew it!! And sadly, as much as you may protest against the "elite white population", when your comrades ran Cape Town and the Western Cape, they did NOTHING to alleviate the suffering of the impoverished Capetonians and Western Cape people. They were too busy paying certain journalists to write "nice things about them in the media" in order to try and paper over the ever-widening cracks that were appearing in their administration. Think about it Mr Ehrenreich, how does a party

  • Gorilla - 2011-04-29 10:00

    Chase out the wealthy at your peril.

  • Airwolf - 2011-04-29 10:06

    Ehrenreich is just doing what a good Cadre is trained to do. He whips up support by using old and tired populist rhetoric. In South Africa that usually means attacking white people, its safe. What he confidently ignores is that his own ANC brothers and sisters who have siphoned enough money out of the public kitty also find themselves moving into “elite” areas. This race baiting will backfire on Ehrenreich, the voters of the Western Cape are more intelligent than that.

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-04-29 10:07

    Thank you, Faatimah Hendricks. Tony Ehrenreich knows that the extemely high rates and taxes paid by the 'wealthy' citizens are used to cross-subsidise services to the poorer areas, but he chooses to ignore that because of his personal and racist animosity towards 'white' people. (Ironic if you consider that his name indicates white settler ancestry or is Ehrenreich a Koisan name?). His endeavours to sabotage the DA in the Western Cape does the poor no favours, and is in fact hypocritical because he is well aware that the ANC has not delivered better services to the poor anywhere in South Africa. The West Coast area he refers to as being 'elite' comprises wealthy middle class pockets (Atlantic Beach, West Beach, Sunset Beach & Flamingo Vlei), working class areas (Parklands and greater Table View) as well as three major informal settlements (DuNoon, Doornbach and Joe Slovo Park). Parklands is probably the most integrated suburb of Cape Town and has a large middle and working class black population. There are no trains and at present any form of public transport (apart from taxis) is practically non-existent or unreliable. The West Coast is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country, hence the urgent need for alternative forms of public transport because the roads are grid-locked during peak hours.

      riyaaz.ismail - 2011-05-01 16:00

      the myth of an open ,equal opportunity society that the DA portrays is irrational in the light of huge impediments whic was a legacy of apartheid.I wonder what the DA says about affirmative action.The issue raised in the original letter by Faatimah Hendricks is one of race labelling and of transport inadequacies in the northern suburbs.Lets stick to that.The fact that the west coast is booming(ito residential and business nodes) and the lack of proper transport planning is the issue.How is this solved?Are you using the bicycle lane provided? Let me tell you,if many does this,we will be healthy,sexy etc and spend less hours off sick-thereby adding value to the economy even more. Race is still integral to the equation until all development indicators are equitable.

      Maddy-CT - 2011-05-02 11:25

      @ riyaaz.ismail. I hope this answers your question concerning the DA's view of affirmative action. The information is taken from their website: What is the DA's stance on Affirmative Action? The DA believes in a truly broad-based empowerment policy that recognises and rewards skills, hard work and dedication. BBEE is an economic and moral imperative for South Africa. If correctly implemented, not only will it redress the imbalances of the past but it will pull more people into the economy, stimulate competition, improve our skills and productivity, raise our domestic investment levels, reduce poverty, increase employment and broaden our tax base. The DA will: -Ensure that more emphasis is placed on skills training and socio economic investment* -Prevent the serial enrichment of a handful of well connected individuals -Allow for companies to self-accredit -Provide resources for an ombudsman or commission to audit self-accreditation and red-list offenders. (*there is an article in a local morning newspaper concerning the youth subsidy programme adopted by the City to address the need for young people to acquire skills for the job market. It is a joint initiative between the city and the province which will enable hundreds of unemployed people to be trained as apprentices at the City's expense first in the electricity dept, then later in water, sanitation, solid waste, roads and stormwater, to get the skills required by the private sector.)

      Maddy-CT - 2011-05-02 11:42

      @ riyaaz.ismail. Concerning your other comments, I agree that there is a tremendous backlog due to Apartheid, but I don't agree that the DA's ideal of "an open, equal opportunity society" is a myth. It is an ideal to which they continue to aspire despite the huge challenges they face, and they are trying to apply sustainable and workable solutions. Ehrenreich's communist ideology on the other hand has not worked anywhere in the world. He must realise that the 'enemy' is not the 'wealthy classes', who pay their rates and taxes and thus make a huge contribution to public funding (one of the points Faatimah Henricks has raised). He should rather tackle the issue of the squandering of public funds due to large scale corruption by the current government - but he supports that government, and would rather punish the wealthy in general, and whites in particular! You mention in another post the writings of Dr Neville Alexander, who asserts that we should look at other criteria rather than race as a proxy for disadvantage. He has that view because it results in the re-racialising of post-apartheid society, which is exactly what Ehrenreich is doing. It does not help this country move forward to a truly non-racial society.

      jb - 2011-05-13 15:15

      Does that mean that because I (de klerk) have white ancestry should thank the baas for what he has done to me and my khoisan people

  • Saskia Falken - 2011-04-29 10:09

    Hi Fatima, Thanks for expressing your thoughts so well, I live in Hout Bay and I feel exactly the same as you with regards to Tony lumping everyone in the same pot. I worked very hard to purchase a property in Hout Bay (I was born in Athlone) and its not a fancy place but we love living there. I find that most politicians like Tony still leverage the old labels and geographical divides from the past in order to stir up peoples emotions instead of just telling us how they intend making things better for all. Vast generalisations and stereotyping is not going to get us very far. Saskia

      Ogre - 2011-04-29 11:49

      They have to keep on stirring the old pot because it seems to work, as long as you can keep people asociating themselves with the old pot by keeping them poor and disadvantaged. What they have forgotten is that some hardworking people had aspirations like yourself and have WORKED hard to achieve them. Now they are willing to sacrifice those that have achieved their aspirations in order to stay in power.

  • JDB987 - 2011-04-29 10:10

    Great article and good argument!! Accessibility of public transport in the Northern suburbs is really a nightmare and I’ve given it a thought many a times and one can also see this as discrimination to the people/tax payers that stay in those areas. Further, some people in Cape Town Metro must ask themselves the question: For how long was the ANC governing Cape Town Metro (before the DA took over and did they manage the Metro better then?? The DA only had +-4/5 years). Why is the Western Cape the best run province in the country, why did Helen Zille win an award as best mayor in the world and why is service delivery in DA run municipalities better than other run municipalities? I’ve worked for the provincial government of Western Cape, and I can tell you that we are way ahead of any other province! So why tamper with something that works come 18 May?

      Ogre - 2011-04-29 11:52

      Exactly!! They want to tamper with it because it works! Even Jacob Zuma said that the ANC should follow the example of the DA regarding the municipalities.

  • Blip - 2011-04-29 10:13

    Ehrenreich is a white-basher who is driven by envy.

  • Jonty - 2011-04-29 10:13

    that overwhelmingly swept to power in Cape Town can equally as quickly be swept out of power. The huge victory by the DA in 2009 was not merely a case of them winning because everybody liked them and wanted them in power. It was just as much an indication of how much people have grown to dislike and distrust the immoral and unethical behaviour of the ANC of today. Believe me when I tell you, one may not want to acknowledge or admit it now, but THAT election marked the beginning of what is still going to evolve into a very rapid and slippery slide for the ANC in South African politics. The more you and your morally bankrupt party continue to openly and arrogantly show your disdain and lack of respect for your electorate, and the more they begin to open their eyes to the MASSIVE and UNCONTROLLABLE corruption which besets the party and its government, and the more your comrades in positions of power continue to believe that South Africa is their personal property, the further the ANC is going to slide into oblivion. Mark my words Mr Ehrenreich. Take heed of this prediction on 29 April 2011. Within a decade from now, I don't know which party will govern South Africa, and in what form or guise. But be sure - it will NOT be the ANC!! Institutionalised racism against all non-white people as practised by the former apartheid regime, was ended and will never again return. And although the Father of our Nation, Madiba, is old and frail, I firmly believe that the forces of nature

      Maddy-CT - 2011-05-01 14:15

      @ Jonty. You have very eloquently said what many of us feel. Please won't you take your entire post and send it as an open letter to Tony Ehrenreich in as many Cape Town newspapers as possible. It deserves to be widely read. Thank you.

  • JohannV - 2011-04-29 10:21

    Bingo! Beautiful! Well said - I wish more people would look past colour. I'm a "poor white" and very happy about it!

  • Fred - 2011-04-29 10:24

    Tony Ehrenreich is nothing but a racist, political opportunist. The majority votes are in the poor areas, so his campaign sucks up to them, but if they are stupid enough to believe him and vote him in, they will get what the ANC delivers in the rest of the country ....NOTHING !!!!! But I'm sure Tony and his cronies will get their fancy, high-priced, luxury cars and houses while all the rest of us wallow in our poverty, and I'm quite sure he will not reside in any of the poorer townships either .... only the best will do for them, so why does he pick on the white, supposedly wealthy ?????

      jb - 2011-05-13 15:20

      And the fancy,high-priced, luxury cars and houses is not for the ANC (read blacks in general) but for "Whites Only".

  • Jonty - 2011-04-29 10:24

    will ensure that institutionalised racism against white people, such as you are propogating, will NEVER EVER succeed. Did you learn absolutely NOTHING from the hurt and shame of apartheid? When our great leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison, he repeated the words he spoke at his trial, on the very balcony of the Cape Town City Hall (the balcony that you will NEVER get to stand on wearing the City's Mayoral Chain). Do you remember these words: "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black is an ideal that I hope to live for, but an ideal for which I am prepared to die". Those awesome words uttered by such a great man, will forever echo through our country. For some they will be inspirational, but for others, such as the lecherous greedy and self-serving factions in the ANC, they will (or should) be words that will haunt them forever!! Madiba sacrificed 27 years of his life to ensure a better life for all. Your party is doing its utmost to ensure a better life "for all its politicians". Just remember, this country does NOT belong to the corruption-ridden ANC. It belongs to ALL South Africans. When Madiba one day closes his eyes for a final time, don't let him have to do so in a country which he fought so hard to give to all its people, but which ended up in the hands of some disgraceful despots. So Mr Ehrenreich, justice and goodwill shall ensure that you and your ilk NEVER get your hands on power in this city,

      WIZZ - 2011-05-02 00:13

      I agree with you. But none are so deaf as those that will not hear, or so blind as those that will not see.... I can only hope that some sort of divine intervention wipes these bastards off the face of the earth and that mandela's legacy can indeed be revived for us all before it's too late. The train has left the station but will it have another steam to climb the slippery slope back to civilisation and good sense and governance. I hope so.

  • We The People - 2011-04-29 10:27

    Thank you Fatimah, You have hit the nail on the head. I live in Parklands, and it is apparent that Tony has not visited the area lately. It is made up of all races, and is probably one good example where all colours live side by side. If anything, Blouberg, Tableview and surrounds are anything but white and elite. This area has been devoid of a suitable public transport infrastructure into the city for a long time. It's rapid exapnsion, due to the never ending provisioning of "low cost housing" has put a massive strain on the road infrastructure. The only viable alternative, was to offer an intergrated system to alleviate the build up of traffic. The bicycling lane not only offers a healthy alternative for commuters, but also provides the tourism industry another product to sell. Tony is grasping at straws, and using the "us and them" strategy that the ANC have made part of their election strategy to garner emotive support. The ANC would be completely stumped if we all woke up one day, the same colour. They do not want reconciliation between the races. It needs to be in a percived constant state of "revolution" to deviate focus from its failings and corruption. ZANU PF tried the same tactic, instilling fear amongs it's population, that the West was trying to recolonise Zimbabwe, and insinuated that anyting white was an enemy of the state. My hope is that we will not allow racial stereotyping to become a red herring for the ANC.

  • Adrian - 2011-04-29 10:29

    Faatimah, I will vote for you as Mayor of Cape Town. Excellent balanced views.

  • avhasei - 2011-04-29 10:30

    i went to cape town last year, i dont understand when you say there is no crime, i was at long street at night and i witnessed lots of crime selling of drugs, prostitutes. i went to gugulethu and khayelitsha i didnt see any sign of improvement but cape town stadiam is classy and even the airport is safe. long street is not safe at all.

      ocon777 - 2011-04-29 13:41

      If people had the jobs that government promised to create then there would be less crime. But I guess ol zuma made an age old accounting error. He Credited instead of debiting 500 000. oops my bad!

      Point Blank - 2011-05-05 10:19

      I would rather walk the streets of Cape Town then any other town in SA...

  • Goose - 2011-04-29 10:32

    To all the ANC suppporters here: AJ makes the valid point that all you are interested in is dragging the wealthier people down to the masses level to "achieve" equality! That is utterly pathetic. As AJ says, your ANC must be aiming to raise the bar of their service sothat their people can start achieving a higher level of existence. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor only creates a lot more poor people. Wake up people!

  • Jonty - 2011-04-29 10:32

    this Province or this country. Because South Africa simply CANNOT afford to exchange one brand of racism for another. Can I suggest you move to Milnerton, get yourself a bicycle, and cycle to town each day. Like the rest of your ANC comrades in government, you will soon find that hey, it's quite nice to enjoy all these things that the elite enjoy. Remember, they also all started out as idealistic fighters for freedom and equality, only to be caught up in the trappings of wealth and opulence. And just look what many of them are getting up to each day. Even the "esteemed" Secretary-General of the SA Communist Party, and the erstwhile leader of your own Cosatu. I'm sure that Karl Marx and Lenin and company must be spinning in their graves when they see what Nzimande & Co are doing and spending and living up - all in the name of Communism. Open your eyes Mr Ehrenreich, to what's really happening. Stop and look at who is REALLY living the high life. Those white elite that you so glibly keep referring to, are living well, but they're paying for it. Every month they hand over substantial amounts of money to SARS. The problem unfortunately occurs when SARS allocates that money to the control of YOUR party's ministers. Give it up Mr Ehrenreich - you're a loser, even before you begin.

      Maddy-CT - 2011-04-29 11:33

      @ Jonty, we live in Blouberg and my husband has cycled to work in the CBD almost everyday for the past 15 years or so, not because he is an 'elite' (except in the cycling sense :)) but because he can cover the distance in less than 30 mins instead of sitting in the traffic for almost 2 hours. Before the new cycling lane was built it was very dangerous to do that and he had a couple of close shaves in the traffic.

      Neles - 2011-04-29 17:12

      @Maddy-CT - he should've shaved at home instead.

      Maddy-CT - 2011-04-29 18:37

      Good one, Neles! I'll pass that on to him. :)

  • Strategyist - 2011-04-29 10:38

    Nice one Faatimah. Clearly Tony is trying to score election points.

      JohnyBlue - 2011-04-29 11:50

      Yip, but he forgets that the Cape has the best education system in the country, and because education works in the Cape, he can not use BS rhetoric like that to win votes. The people are to smart.....

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-30 22:36

      JB, having the "Best education system in the country" while in South Africa doesn't really mean much anymore, but i get your drift :)

  • carl huys - 2011-04-29 10:39

    Dear Fatima, You have expressed so many pertinent issues based on fact and sensibilities, can I not vote for you, inplace of Tony Ehrenreich. Tony, don't call me Black, don't call me white, I am a South African and it is people like you that ARE dividing our nation going against the true meaning of our constitution. Shame on you Tony I had more respect for u until your recent negative nation destroying utterances

  • Sir Eidolon - 2011-04-29 10:40

    Vat hom, Faatimah! I lived in Milnerton for several years. It's hardly an upmarket suburb. I'm also baffled at Tony's comments that he'd give away open public areas to the poor. When last I was in Milnerton, it was pretty much built up everywhere. Unless Tony wants to put people in the Rietvlei nature reserve, which given his other utterances, wouldn't surprise me. Has the china even been to Milnerton, and does he think the voting public are that ignorant?

      Maddy-CT - 2011-04-29 11:23

      Yes, Milnerton is a mix of average middle-class, bordered by very poor areas such as Rugby, Ysterplaat and Brooklyn as well as an informal settlement (Joe Slovo Park) and two industrial areas.

  • Keaton - 2011-04-29 10:40

    Huh. Tony has a holiday house in Kleinmond. It is okay for him to have a second home, but he despises the so-called affluent whites in Milnerton?

  • DNiel - 2011-04-29 10:41

    Very well written and clearly stating your views - lets hope it does not fall on deaf ears.

  • charles - 2011-04-29 10:48

    Dear Faatimah well said. I have lived and worked in Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban and I can assure you that the working class is struggling to live a better live, except for the well off individuals. Irespective of race, colour or creed every SA citizen deserves proper service delivery in order to make life a little bit more comfortable. Tony and his cohorts continue blaming the "whites" and the previous government for the failings of the ruling party. The previous government took care of their kind, whilst the present government being in power for 17 years has done little to improve the lives of the poor. It is a sad tale that in the whole of Africa the politicians believe in only enriching their lives and that of their families. The majority of the ciizens does not matter. The ANC is creating a very lazy society in that tax payers money is being used to create grants that encourages the masses not to seek employment but to wait for handouts from the government and the general public.Instead of creating employment the ruling party continues arguing about different types of grants to "assist" the poor. How come education is so costly in this country, is it because the ruling party wants to keep the masses uneducated so that when it comes to elections they think with their hearts and not their heads? Until such time that all citizens are educated the ANC will continue stealing votes from the uneducated with promises they cannot fulfil.

  • Brent - 2011-04-29 10:53

    Cant stand this guy, he is maybe passionate but lacks complete logic and very quick to point out the finger and ask for blood. Not much of a difference between this character and Malema.

  • ShabirS - 2011-04-29 11:10

    Non whites living conditions have not improved in Western Cape, Cape Town is the best run municipality mainly because the services are only provided to the elite white surburbs, whilst forgeting the poor. Better the devil we know that an angel we dont know.

      AJ - 2011-04-29 11:16

      It is 'better the devil you know than the devil you dont'. If you say 'angel', then it does not make any sense. Besides you well know that the DA is providing services to the poorer suburbs too, hence them winning elections there. Do we really need to point out the horrific conditions that people live in, where the ANC are supposedly 'providing services'? Are all these service delivery protests in ANC areas actually 'service delivery applause' but in disguise or something? Or is it your contention that the ANC is better at service delivery than the DA, (and that all the surveys, standings and acknowledgemnts by the ANC themselves tothe contrary are all simply wrong?)...

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-30 22:38

      Obvious troll is Obvious.

      WIZZ - 2011-05-02 00:21

      Hello Shabir. Is that really you? I thought you were allegedly beating up someone on a golf course or outside a mosque? When do you find time to blogg or do you have a ghost blogger pretending to be you and writing about politics? you should stick to golf, driving big BMWs or having state paid ECG's for your heart ache that you went to prison but Zuma still became president!

      Mad Hatter - 2011-05-03 16:55

      i bet you more ANC politicians live in those 'elite white suburbs' you speak of than anyone else. Look at the rate of unskilled migrancy that adds to delivery challenges(EC main culprit). Stop perpetuating myths based on your own 'flavoured' lens you perceive the world in.

  • avhasei - 2011-04-29 11:11

    come 2012 ANC national conference we are going to get rid of provinces and we will talk of SA. like we did with scopions and apartheid. no westen cape or gauteng anymore i cant wait. viva ANC

      Serias - 2011-04-29 12:16

      That just shows clearly that you are sooooooooooooo jealous of the WC and soooooooooo scared the DA gets the chance to take other provinces as well.Anyway, your stupid ANC won't get rid of provinces because they have too many family members working in the provincial governing structures, getting rich with poor people's money. What absolutely amazes me is that you cannot handle the fact that the WC is run effectively and is on a path of success, shaming all the ANC run provinces. If the ANC is so good, why was Helen Zille named the best mayor in the world ahead of any other ANC alligned mayor in the rest of the country you twat?????? Grow up and see the light.

      John Juggle - 2011-04-30 11:17

      Sounds like you are a bit scared of provinces? What's happening, I suspect you are gunning for a provincial post too, but are upset that you can't get it in the WC because the WC does not tolerate incompetence? Hahahaha, idiot. Scared little ignorant idiot.

      v3 - 2011-04-30 19:03

      Don't be silly, avhasei. There are too many ANC fat cats with sinecure jobs running the provinces. Even Chancellor House won't be able to support them. Look at the council candidate list battles within the ANC as everyone scrambles to get on the gravy train. Those provincial kleptocrats will NEVER give up their positions.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-30 22:38

      Dream on, dingbat

  • PB - 2011-04-29 11:32

    Faatimah, I agree 100% with your point of view. It gives me hope for our country to read such a balanced article.

  • Fiona - 2011-04-29 11:41

    Dear Fathima, Well said! In order to make it through the fuel hikes, I had to move closer, out of the northern subs due to lack of available public transport. Tony, if you are reading these comments, and I hope you do, please also note the constant threats by the ANC affiliated taxi owners associations if the rapid transport system gets established near their routes. As the main subsidisers of these systems through rates and taxes, surely we are not less equal than others? You also have a car and a holiday house as well.

  • michaelp1 - 2011-04-29 11:41

    He is just ANOTHER jealous communist. All the want to do is sponge off the hard working citizens of South Africa while they spend their lives hurling insults at those who keep the economy going and thereby feeding them as well. When Tony Ehrenreich was sick - where did he go??? All of a sudden everything he stood for didn't matter anymore. If it wasn't for these 'affluent' people he would have had to go to what was once a good well run hospital, but which now not good enough for him. Why?? BEE!!!

  • velastardust - 2011-04-29 11:53

    Faatimah, you are a person after my own heart. Well said.

  • JohnyBlue - 2011-04-29 11:57

    To put things in perspective, I went to the Cape for an extended weekend about 3 weeks ago. It was my first time there since 1992. It is a different country, I saw municipal employees working, policemen doing their jobs, clean streets, not a single pothole, happy people, people walking on the beach at night, clean parks etc etc etc. Jeez I want a piece of that!! I haven't voted in the last election, but after having seen what I could have, I will be first in line come May 18!!

  • Matt - 2011-04-29 12:03

    I speak to Tony often. He is a sincere guy with obvious substance, but he is now a politician and therefore naturally politically expediant - he accepts ANC money to run his election campaign, money donated by Zuma's nephew...the one who owes millions to workers at Aurora mine. Although Tony might be sincere he allows his emotions to show him for what he ofetn is - racist. And an emotional leader is a bad leader.

      Blikskottel - 2011-04-29 17:38

      Now that's inside info we all need to know about.

  • Rupesh - 2011-04-29 12:47

    Wow, Faatimah, finally it was nice to read a sensible letter on News24.

  • crocoros - 2011-04-29 12:50

    I am a person of colour, I have worked for the last 30 years and the ANC has done absolutely nothing for me accept give me access to areas and establishements once reserved for whites only. Tony Ehrenreich's can not wait to get his hands on the tax payers money so he can live the same life of the LARNEYS he so criticised.

      Neles - 2011-04-29 14:58

      lol , what exactly is a person of colour?

      AJ - 2011-04-30 18:41

      @crocoros - as for access everywhere, the ANC did not even give you that either, truth be told..

  • alicia - 2011-04-29 15:36

    Thomas Alva Edison Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure.