Think before you ink, Mr Waldick
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.