Gull­sway up­grade brings hope

Daily Dispatch - - Opinion -

IAM not sure which depart­ment of Buf­falo City Metro is re­spon­si­ble for the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion, land­scap­ing and green­ing of Gull­sway in Gonu­bie, but I would like to say thank you for a job very well done.

The late mo­ti­va­tional speaker Zig Ziglar is quoted say­ing: “You be­come a part of what you hang around with”.

Gull­sway is now look­ing clean, smart, green, pretty and pro­fes­sional. The aloe rock­ery which has been cre­ated beau­ti­fully rep­re­sents the East­ern Cape and is a fine salute to our botan­i­cal her­itage.

I en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents in the Gull­sway area to look after – and re­spect – the neigh­bour­hood and to en­sure that all lit­ter ends up in bins, not the streets.

I like the idea that while Buf­falo City moves to­wards be­com­ing the sports cap­i­tal of South Africa, we make an ef­fort to look good at the same time. Well done BCM. — Nick Pike, Gonu­bie

TO the Hon­ourable BCM Mayor, Mr Xola Pakati,

I’ve spent al­most four years bat­tling with the mayor, mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, city law en­force­ment, and even the Fleet Street Po­lice sta­tion to get the city of East London cleaned up and rid of the filthy posters that are plas­tered all over elec­tric poles, meter boxes, walls, in­clud­ing around ed­u­ca­tion cam­puses and the CBD.

Please help us en­sure we have a clean city that looks beau­ti­ful, not filthy. — Name sup­plied, Quigney over­looked and un­de­ter­mined are de­rived from the party’s con­sti­tu­tion.

The les­son we should all learn is that con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tions breed resentment and those who feel ag­grieved may re­sort to vi­o­lence to vent their anger, es­pe­cially since, in most cases, th­ese con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tions are in fact, a rush to grab po­lit­i­cal power in or­der to amass per­sonal wealth, for ex­am­ple, by ac­cess­ing ten­ders.

The other les­son is that when up­per struc­tures fail to be ob­jec­tive in solv­ing in­ter­nal po­lit­i­cal prob­lems, party mem­bers have a right to ap­proach the courts of law.

As things now stand, it is high time the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the ANC in­ter­venes in the KZN puz­zle and pro­vides a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion. Any­thing else, like the wish to ap­peal the judg­ment, is just grand­stand­ing by the now de­funct KZN pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship.

The ar­eas of dis­junc­ture as iden­ti­fied in the judg­ment, are too crit­i­cal to be un­der­mined mov­ing for­ward by any com­pli­ant con­fer­ence of any po­lit­i­cal party.

Po­lit­i­cal lead­ers must take a leaf out of this judg­ment, bear­ing in mind that ANC is the leader of the so­ci­ety, there­fore any­thing that hap­pens to it as a gov­ern­ing party, af­fects the so­ci­ety at large, in­clud­ing other par­ties. We salute our jus­tice sys­tem for this judg­ment. — KW Tsipa, leader of the African Change Academy

THE Pi­eter­mar­itzburg court rul­ing on the sta­tus of the KwaZulu-Natal ANC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee is im­por­tant for all the mem­bers of the ANC. The rul­ing said the 2015 pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence de­ci­sions were un­law­ful and voided the res­o­lu­tions.

The KZN ANC pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee must ac­cept the court rul­ing with no reser­va­tions on the mat­ter.

The court has found that the ANC PEC in KZN was il­le­gal and de­ci­sions taken by the prod­uct of the con­fer­ence should also be null and void, even the de­ci­sion to reshuf­fle the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and to charge Dr Makhosi Khoza should wait un­til the mat­ter is re­solved.

The rul­ing also points to what has long been called for by some mem­bers of the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, such as Jack­son Mthembu and the ANC stal­warts – the dis­so­lu­tion of the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and an early con­fer­ence, to be held be­fore De­cem­ber.

The court rul­ing shows that even the ANC Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee should have recog­nised the il­le­git­i­macy of the struc­ture and that it can no longer be trusted by mem­bers of the or­gan­i­sa­tion as fac­tional lines have taken the cen­tre un­der the watch of the cur­rent lead­er­ship of our move­ment. — Thando Noel Wit­booi, for­mer Sasco, ANCYL and ANC mem­ber in good stand­ing

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