MyCiTi: more sides of the coin

2015-05-05 06:00

The spat between DA mayco member Brett Herron and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is proof of the disintegration of service delivery in our city and province (“MyCiTi marred by mudslinging”, People’s Post, 10 March).

The City’s plan to build a new highway instead of using existing roads for the new MyCiTi bus route has met with some serious opposition from irate residents and ratepayers.

Despite Herron referring to the plans as “still being in the conceptual stage”, the City bulldozed three houses in December 2014 without obtaining the approval of the full council first.

When the ANC tried to raise their objections, they were locked out of the first council meeting in January.

As the NCOP was exercising their constitutional mandate, it follows that they outranked Herron politically on the day of their visit. Herron was a guest of the NCOP and they were exercising their oversight role which is what the DA does in national parliament.

Herron’s concern that the NCOP “chose to abuse this visit for political purposes” is delusional as his own DA colleague, MP Thandi Mpambo-Sibhukwana was part of the NCOP delegation. He still needs to clarify whether he excluded the DA MP during his belligerent attack on the NCOP or not.

Herron’s arrogant demeanour is evident given that he has even failed to appear before the provincial portfolio committee on transport despite being instructed to do so by his own DA MPL colleague, advocate Lennit Max.

Herron’s backing of mayor Patricia de Lille to stand against Max in the forthcoming DA provincial leadership elections could be the reason why ratepayers now find themselves caught up in an internal party squabble.

Also, if the City’s reason for eviction is the averred arrears of tenants, then they must evict and bulldoze the homes of thousands of other tenants in the City who are in arrears with their rates and rentals. The City has not proven beyond reasonable doubt that the alternative routes are not viable and perhaps it is now time for national government to intervene and suspend funding of the R4.1bn project until a full judicial investigation is launched into why a lower organ of State appears to be operating outside of its constitutional mandate

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