Don’t shoot the messenger

2018-01-18 06:01

WE have all heard and probably used the old adage that says “don’t shoot the messenger’’ when we have a not so pleasant message for someone.

In light of the recent and ongoing water issues the South Coast has been going through, I would like to remind everybody about not shooting the proverbial messenger. Who is the messenger you ask?

The councillors of the wards who are suffering because of Ugu`s incompetence and refusal to acknowledge what the DA has been saying all along, Ugu is in trouble.

Councillors gets updates from Ugu and pass it along to residents. Updates are always the same. There’s always a burst pipe that is permanently burst. There’s always a reservoir that doesn’t get full for some reason that only Ugu knows. Every time you get an update from them it makes you wish they just said no comment.

Let’s not even get started on the water trucks that never make it to affected areas because the driver doesn’t know how to get there, or there’s no truck. Makes you wonder what all those trucks sitting in Marburg depot are doing. Maybe they’ve broken down? And who’s fault is it - the “messenger’’?

I`ve had the misfortune of reading so many scathing comments from residents who feel that they voted for the wrong person, that their DA ward councillor is useless, etc. Makes me wonder if the residents remember that the ANC is in power not the DA.

The ANC controls Ugu not the DA. They control the budget and use their majority to appoint their cadres. However, it has only been DA councillors running around hitting their heads against the brick wall that is Ugu, trying to find water, standing somewhere making sure pipes are being fixed, or looking for the phantom burst pipe.

As a resident of Gamalakhe, I’m grateful I can at least rely on DA councillors for some information for my area as my ANC councillor is constantly AWOL.

So before we start shooting the messenger, let’s rally together to fight the real problem, Ugu.

GRATEFUL RESIDENT

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