Pseudo-scholar research biased

2016-02-18 06:00
 Councillor Monde Nqulwana .

Councillor Monde Nqulwana .

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The article by Melikhaya Yalwa, (Councillors rated on their work, City Vision, 11 February, 2016) refers.

Yalwa is deflecting from the reality facing the people of Khayelitsha, choosing, instead, to publish the results of a biased research.

The carefully crafted narrative that Khayelitsha problems of under-development are attributable to Khayelitsha Councillors, and not the ineffectiveness of the current DA led City of Cape Town administration, is disgusting.

Fundamental contradictions in the City of Cape Town have always been recognised by the ANC; that the current administration does not have the interests of the working class at heart, as long as they get voted(into office) to continue serving and protecting their white privileged class interests at the expense of the poor.

This harks back to a debate in parliament where one confused liberal DA MP publicly announced that the DA led City of Cape Town was doing well by not prioritising Khayelitsha development.

When he was asked why they are not delivering services to Khayelitsha, he said that Khayelitsha was led by ANC councillors, and they must thus take responsibility.

Melikhaya falls into this trap by not addressing the realities faced by our people and chooses to be confused in his categorisation of Khayelitsha community, particular Ilitha Park by referring to it as middle class area. For your knowledge, there exists only two classes, working and capitalist class.

In Khayelitsha only working class exists. I refuse to enter into a debate about a challenge for Khayelitsha community to hold its representatives accountable for promises they made during election campaigns.

My learned friend again deliberately pretends as if those Khayelitsha Councillors are coming from a leading political party in the City of Cape Town whereas they are not. Melikhaya is lacking basic understanding of how government works in a democratic system.

I am not in a position to understand the standards and research methodology used in the so-called research, but I will try to put into context some missing if not deliberately ignored realities.

We all understand that “Personal is Political and Political is Personal” because Melikhaya addressed both concepts in his research.

Since the DA took over power in the City of Cape Town, the performance of councillors from working class communities has been threatened by overwhelming support the ANC continue to get hence the skewed allocation of resources by DA administration.

Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Philippi, Nyanga consist of Five(5) sub councils constituted by 22 wards with each one a population of not less than 25000 for the current financial yea and with a combined budget of just R130 million, compared to One(1) subcouncil with only three(3) wards between Cape Town and Hout Bay with a budget of about R369 million in the same financial year.

It is quite clear that the current administration continues to use Apartheid style provision of services and budget allocation to the poor and to the rich.

That is what I think Melikhaya was supposed to use in his intellectual bankruptcy, instead of attempting to play and referee at the same time.

Melikhaya is a politically disgruntled fellow, moving from one political party to other and that makes his views political and personal.

He has failed to present an alternative view. We know him.

Since when the National Minister of Police convened an Imbizo in Khayelitsha last year and Melikhaya decided without facts that the Imbizo was an ANC rally.

He must tell us: What tool was used to assess Khayelitsha Councillors performance card. What was the baseline used to measure the performance.

Was this assessment not done during his political party general meeting. In whose interest was the assessment done and to serve what purpose.

These questions need to be raised with him.

One can see that this so-called research rate card was just as a result of a convergence of like-minded cronies and decided to publish them without much trouble.

Surely the so called research program that culminated to the ill-research outcomes was and is not in the interest of the people of Khayelitsha.

Proxy views are invented and mastered by Melikhaya to distract the people of Khayelitsha from the real enemy, which is the Neoliberal, federalist and exclusionist DA.

The rating card without any clear methodology is dangerous as it involves demagogic mobilisation of anti-ANC stereotypes and feeds into regionalism to organise the most backward sentiments in society to deflect attention to the real source of Cape Town’s problems.

It is quite unfortunate that the Melikhaya clearly lacks understanding of how local government operates or is deliberately ignoring facts in front of him.

He should know that there are not councillors presiding over any tenders in the city of Cape Town, therefore, he is addressing assumptions that for such a person of his stature becomes dangerous. All tender processes are done at supply chain management and no councillors participate there.

Ward Development Forums are KDF structures and all their activities including elections are supervised by its KDF body.

Melikhaya fails to understand that councillors are drawn from within the communities they lead, and therefore are elligible to participate in a development platform, particularly a democratic and developmental organisation like the Khayelitsha Development Forum.

Ward committees are elected through a sectorial system out of a council resolution making a choice between sectorial and geographic system.

The writer needs to be helped to understand that the most defunct system is that of sectorial system particularly when it comes to accountability because most sectors know and known by councillors instead of their sector representatives in those ward committees.

Councillors come from political parties and get elected and participating in their political party’s elective meetings cannot be taken away just because they are councillors. Khayelitsha Councillors will be identified and be used as scapegoats while white minority in the City of Cape Town continues to benefit as they did during apartheid.

.Monde Nqulwana is Councillor in Khayelitsha and an ANC Branch Chairperson

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