Zille’s street cred
MAYOR HELEN ZILLE has disappointed me on many fronts since taking the reins of Cape Town. To begin with, she doesn’t have an outright mandate to govern. She needs other parties to cling to power but acts as if she received the majority of the vote. A reasonable person will conclude that if no party receives more than 50% of the vote the executive committee system must be employed and thus Zille’s mayoral committee is undemocratically constituted. On that score, Zille has completely failed the electorate for her own personal gain.
She announced recently that an “apolitical” committee would be set up to scrutinise proposed street name changes. Capetonians shouldn’t be fooled by that, for two reasons. First, the way these committees are selected doesn’t allow for apolitical “experts” to be chosen. For example, each political party will identify candidates with the undemocratic process of horse-trading employed to embed political sycophants on the committee.
Second, Zille has been true to her “Godzille” nametag by dictating from the outset that proposed name changes not acceptable (to her and the DA) won’t be considered and that current names not an affront (to her and the DA) won’t be changed.
My last complaint is the most damning: having had more than a year to deliver services she prefers charming the media with photo opportunities and writing letters with party political undertones instead of delivering tangible results.
There’s been a growing chorus of discontent from Capetonians concerning the non-repair of roads, non-delivery of new roads and nonbuilding of houses. Showing difficulty in tackling those high-priority issues, Zille announces she’ll be running for the leadership of the DA, resulting in less of her time being spent on Capetonians’ concerns. It’s been reported that constitutes a violation of her already questionable mandate to govern, as she hasn’t asked Capetonians permission to run both Cape Town and the DA.