Unruly politicking, disruptive people

2016-03-03 06:00

WE have been watching with great interest and concern developments in Parliament in Cape Town especially when there is a state of the nation address (Sona). It seems Sona has been turned into an attention-seeking exercise by those who want to score cheap political points. Instead of using this platform to push forward the agenda of a better life for all, the so-called EFF use this platform to fight their yesteryear ANC politics.

They went all out to flaunt the rules of Parliament so that the president could not deliver his message. Last year they had to be forcefully be removed from Parliament. This year they disrupted proceedings until they decided to stage a voluntary walkout.

As we approach local government elections, it is important to contemplate the possibility of these unruly tendencies seen in our chambers should they join the local government system. It is intrinsic to say that should they join our local government they need to behave because we do not have room for their unruly politicking.

The lower South Coast ANC-run municipalities are on a quest for clean audit opinions from the Auditor-General. We do not have time for their bad singing and slogan raving in council chambers. It is important for them to note that local government works on a tight financial year calendar and every ay counts.

We have reports we prepare that have to be engaged by intellectually robust minds, not clowns in red overalls. If a municipality cannot resolve issues because of disruptions, this will result in adverse reports. That is not how we run municipalities. We trust that people of the lower South Coast will not give them a vote in the upcoming elections because they do not have a programme other than disrupting government meetings in order for government not to function.

The ANC remains the only political party with a clear agenda of dealing with the triple challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty. We will continue to advance that programme, going forward. This programme does not need disruptors, we need people with fertile minds with serious ideas of how to move people forward.

Trevor Khanyile

ANC Umzumbe sub-region

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