Think be­fore you ink, Mr Waldick

Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

Al­low me to re­spond to the let­ter that ap­peared in the Gro­cott’s Mail (9 De­cem­ber) in which Devon Waldick al­leged that my ward com­mit­tee was put to­gether to re­ward them for their loy­alty to the DA.

Waldick is not con­ver­sant with the elec­tion process of ward com­mit­tees. He should be en­light­ened.

Ward com­mit­tees are not put to­gether to re­ward them for their loy­alty to a po­lit­i­cal party. They are elected by the com­mu­nity to serve the com­mu­nity’s in­ter­est. The Speaker pre­sides over the elec­tion of ward com­mit­tees. Ward com­mit­tees are ap­pointed. They are apo­lit­i­cal. They must not be aligned to a po­lit­i­cal party. They are only ac­count­able to the com­mu­nity which elected them. My ward com­mit­tee was loyal to the com­mu­nity that elected them and not the DA.

A per­son who owns prop­erty in Ext 10, but who still lives in Ward 4 can serve on the Ward 4 com­mit­tee if elected by the com­mu­nity. Waldick must think be­fore he inks.

The In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment Plan (IDP) is a strate­gic de­vel­op­ment plan. It serves as a frame­work for the de­vel­op­ment of an area. It is aligned to the term of of­fice of Coun­cil. The newly elected coun­cil­lor is sup­posed to fa­cil­i­tate the process in the ward.

My per­for­mance as a ward coun­cil­lor speaks numbers. I served my con­stituents with pride, pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion. I made a dif­fer­ence. I changed the ward for the bet­ter. Ward 4 was one of the bet­ter wards in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. There was not a sin­gle ser­vice de­liv­ery protest in Ward 4 un­der my lead­er­ship. Those who don’t want to ac­knowl­edge my achieve­ments are not fa­mil­iar with the role of a coun­cil­lor.

Waldick was a Mind PR Coun­cil­lor in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in 2011. He was re­moved be­fore his term ex­pired. The rea­son for his re­moval is ob­vi­ous.

I am nei­ther DA nor ANC. I don’t want to be part of the prob­lems which plague the ward.

Lena May

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