LETTER: Politicians to prove worth

2016-01-26 06:00

The first two weeks of the new year at Ocean View Care Centre has highlighted several unfortunate facts. The main concern is that for hundreds, if not thousands, of people living in Ocean View, very little has changed for the better over the past five years.

Precisely five years ago, I can remember politicians driving around Ocean View making all sorts of promises.

Everybody expected great change. Yet today we still sit with the same drug dealers, gang violence and murders, education challenges and housing problems. Poverty and unemployment are rife, along with all the social problems that go with it. Tragically, abuse and addiction have increased whilst police, safety and social development services remain woefully inadequate.

Too many of our youth are unemployable.

We do not see the change that we hoped for.

Let us not vote blindly in the upcoming local elections.

Everybody that comes here promising the world must be questioned from every angle. They must prove to be decent, trustworthy individuals of the highest calibre. But above all, they must care deeply for the people whom they wish to represent.

The parties that they represent must prove their track records of excellent service – not just in a few constituencies, but in every single municipality that they are mandated to serve.

I also wish to suggest that the government be held more accountable by civil society. It is unacceptable that five years can pass without certain major problems being properly addressed. Government officials as well as organisations that have been mandated to perform a task must be monitored and evaluated by civil society every six months. If they are seen to be underperforming, corrupt or simply not caring, then they must be removed and replaced.

So I challenge all candidates who wish to stand for elections in ward 61 to come forward and be prepared to prove your worth. And I pray that in another five years’ time I do not have to write the same letter again.

Johann Kikillus, Soteria Ministries director

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