Dear Mayor Msimanga, nothing has changed under the DA

2018-04-16 14:37
Executive Mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga. (Veli Nhlapo, Gallo Images, Sowetan, file)

Executive Mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga. (Veli Nhlapo, Gallo Images, Sowetan, file)

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Dear Mr Msimanga
We do not feel safe anywhere in our city, whether one drives anywhere in the streets during daytime or night time. To walk in the streets is out of the question in the CBD or nearby areas.

Beggars, window washers and Ssalesmen are harassing motorists on each and every street corner.
Self appointed car guards are standing in most of the streets especially in the Synnyside, Arcadia, Hatfield and the CBD “showing” parking spaces (legal or illegal on loading zones and yellow lines). They just force cars in spaces and if one has parked in a legal parking space, he or she cannot get out, because other cars have parked him or her in.

If one does not agree with them to look after your vehicle, your vehicle might be broken into. This was openly said to me by these illegal car guards who are also in most cases drug users and nyaope smokers. I was told that if I leave my vehicle it is going to be broken into because I have a lot of tools and stuff in the back of the LDV and especially because I am white.
I have on several occasions taken my wife to the Sassa Regional Office in Pretorius Street. We normally arrive there at about 04:30 in the morning in order to get parking and also to be first in line. Homeless people are lying on Pretorius/Prinsloo street sleeping.

One morning one of these people injected himself with a substance in his vains in broad daylight. No care in the world that somebody will arrest him. Another morning my wife wanted to look for a bathroom and she was told to go to the Louis Pasteur Building, but that she cannot walk because it is too dangerous due to these drug users.

One day she forgot her ID document at home and I was forced to abandon my parking to go fetch it. When I returned obviously I was searching for a parking space driving around the block several times until I found one. This "car guard" came running towards me and as got out of the vehicle and told me without fear that he will look very nicely after my vehicle. I told him that it would not be necessary as the vehicle can lock and I am only going to be away a few seconds to drop off the ID.

I was told in no certain times that my vehicle will be broken into if nobody looks after the vehicle. Needless to say, I had to stay with the vehicle. How is it possible that one can be “hijacked and captured” like that by some criminal with the knowledge of our police?
During the several times I have driven around the block in Pretorius, Prinsloo, Van der Walt, Pretorius Streets I noticed the same illegal practices of these “car guards”. They even do it with the knowledge of the TMPD. The TMPD is just walking past without ticketing anybody. They simply ignore the actions of these “car guards”. 

On one occasion whilst parked in Pretorius Street in front of Sassa in a parking space, I did not put any money in the meter. I watched about 6 TMPD officers came walking down the street with books in their hands. Whilst watching them, because I had no money with me to put into the meter, one of the car guards approached me and said I must give him something to bribe this TMPD officers. I told him in no uncertain terms that I do not have money and am prepared to be fined for this misdemeanour.  
Due to the nature of my work, I have to do a lot of driving and I am seeing these things happening daily. 

I was once attacked in Bloed Street in Marabastad where I was nearly stabbed in the neck with a blade attached to a nyaope smoker’s hand with a bandage where my cellphone got stolen. The very next day the same thing happened to an advocate and because it reached the news headlines. The following day I saw as promised by the City of Tswane a number of JMPD walking in Marabastad. (This happened during the time of the ANC.)
Nowadays I still see the TMPD officers in various places, Boom Street at the zoo, Steve Biko Road after passing Unisa on the way to Sunnyside, in Steve Biko at Sunnypark where these illegal parking is occurring.

Coming from the N14 in Potgieter Street close to the new filling station, and turning into Struben Street close to Screw Man. 
These TMPD Officers are pulling cars off for safety belts, driving licenses and vehicle licenses. I know this, because I have been pulled off as well. 
In Boom Street it is very difficult to negotiate your way around because of the taxis which are in control of all traffic in South Africa.
Even the people pulling the trolleys with recycling material on it are taking over the vehicle driving lanes. Whenever one is in the left lane he or she must give way to these trolleys. If the lane next to the left lane is busy with traffic, it is impossible to move. 
I would really like to know how the DA can say that the metros they govern are safe and better than when the ANC was in charge. 

I can really see no improvement in safety, service delivery or anything else. Even the people collecting the dustbins want to be bribed otherwise they do not want to collect certain stuff which might not be meant for the dustbin. They break these expensive dustbins in the manner which they are handling them. The municipality does not want to replace these dustbins without us paying for the replacement and therefore we have to repair it by sewing it together DIY. Sometimes the wheels break off. Why should we pay for these damages or replacement dustbins if it is not being broken by us?
The city is full of potholes damaging car tyres and rims - even where I live in Pretoria North. Traffic lights stay out of order for long periods of time before it is being repaired.

This is the second time I am mentioning this. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THE COUNCILLOR or MP of this area is, but in 2019 the DA will be wanting us to vote for them.
At the moment the only political party which are getting things done seems to be the EFF.

Read more on:    da  |  solly msimanga  |  city of tshwane

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