Await­ing DA re­port card on its coun­cil­lors

Daily News - - VIEWS & ANALYSIS -

IT HAS been just over a year since the last lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions and many of our city fa­thers are now smug in their po­si­tions as pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

I have re­ceived many com­plaints from res­i­dents, es­pe­cially from the Phoenix and Chatsworth ar­eas, that the elected coun­cil­lors are ei­ther nowhere to be seen, or are in gross dere­lic­tion of their du­ties.

Th­ese ar­eas, among many oth­ers, are the realm of the DA, whose boast about ser­vice de­liv­ery, if to be taken se­ri­ously, must be pub­licly ac­counted for.

The DA does an an­nual re­port card on Ja­cob Zuma and his cronies, of­ten be­ing crit­i­cal of their gross in­abil­i­ties – and rightly so.

Here is my chal­lenge: How about the DA pre­sent­ing the elec­torate a re­port card of its own coun­cil­lors, both elected and pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives – What is good for the goose should be as good for the gan­der.

A gen­uine and re­al­is­tic ap­praisal of its own would be of im­por­tance and great in­ter­est to those whose proxy they yearned and begged for.

I am cer­tain it would not be a prob­lem to in­form the pub­lic who their pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil­lors are and the wards they have been de­ployed in to serve the peo­ple, and their cur­rent suc­cesses or fail­ures.

And not­ing the ap­par­ently strin­gent and ex­haus­tive se­lec­tion process the DA claims to em­ploy to choose pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil­lors, a re­port card on th­ese ef­fec­tively nom­i­nated peo­ple would clearly be of in­ter­est to us all.

This self-ap­praisal and self-as­sess­ment would go to the heart of ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency, and in­deed would be most wel­come.

We are no longer in elec­tion mode so the lull has set in, and with it comes a rot that, if not checked, will con­tinue un­til the next elec­tion.

This chal­lenge to the an­tic­i­pa­tory gov­ern­ment-in-wait­ing should not be an un­duly dif­fi­cult task and any ret­i­cence to do what is of pub­lic in­ter­est will leave more ques­tions than an­swers.

Are you up to the task DA? I wait with bated breath. NARENDH GANESH

Dur­ban North

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