En­force the law in the city or else…

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS&VIEWS -

YOUR front page lead story “MK vets land city jobs”, which ap­peared in the Sun­day Tri­bune on April 8, refers.

They say out of Africa, es­pe­cially in ethek­wini, the King­dom of the Zu­lus, there’s al­ways some­thing new.

We have a for­mer pres­i­dent who is charged for fraud, cor­rup­tion, money laun­der­ing, rack­e­teer­ing and hun­dreds of other charges – and his sup­port­ers treat him like a hero.

Re­li­gious lead­ers pray for him. These same men and women of the cloth in their colour­ful robes preach the word of God ev­ery Sun­day and urge sin­ners to re­pent. I guess that does not in­clude the for­mer pres­i­dent.

In the ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, if you need a job you don’t have to go through the nor­mal re­cruit­ment process, for ex­am­ple, fill­ing in ap­pli­ca­tion forms, go­ing for in­ter­views, wait­ing to be short­listed and fi­nally get­ting the job.

All you have to do is in­vade mu­nic­i­pal hous­ing projects, storm the Dur­ban City Hall and de­mand to be em­ployed. And hey, voilà, you’ve got the job.

And if you need ten­ders, do you fol­low due tender pro­cesses? No, just storm into coun­cil meet­ings and on to con­struc­tion sites, bran­dish­ing guns and other dan­ger­ous weapons, threaten and in­tim­i­date coun­cil of­fi­cials and com­pany bosses and, presto, you’ve got the ten­ders.

If the ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity con­tin­ues to en­ter­tain force­ful de­mands from or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the MKMVA and Amade­lan­gokubona, a group of thugs mas­querad­ing as busi­ness peo­ple, it will fuel the no­tion that to land jobs, ten­ders and gov­ern­ment con­tracts, all you have to do is use vi­o­lence and stron­garm tac­tics.

Are we go­ing to be a law­less so­ci­ety un­der con­stant threats from or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the ANC war vet­er­ans and other un­savoury el­e­ments who hold mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to ransom? Such Mafia tac­tics should not be tol­er­ated by the au­thor­i­ties.

The ethek­wini mayor, Zandile Gumede, seems to be a spine­less leader who kow­tows to any form of in­tim­i­da­tion.

Mu­nic­i­pal hous­ing projects have been com­man­deered by so-called Strug­gle vet­er­ans and ten­ders have been waived aside in or­der to suc­cumb to threats.

It seems that the rul­ing party un­der the lead­er­ship of mayor Gumede in the ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has given ap­proval to such law­less­ness by yield­ing to their threats.

If left unchecked, this will be­come a grow­ing trend, much to the detri­ment of law and or­der and good gov­er­nance.

It is my firm be­lief that if the laws are not go­ing to be en­forced, we are on a slip­pery slope to chaos. SAN­JAY SINGH

Queens­burgh

PIC­TURE: NIC BOTHMA/REUTERS/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY/ANA

Ja­cob Zuma in the dock of the Dur­ban High Court.a reader says nei­ther the ANC nor the coun­try needs his lead­er­ship.

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