Conservation first of Komani writes:
Recently the Amahlati Municipal offices in Stutterheim were gutted and this week the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) offices in Sterkstroom were set alight.
Both were apparently related to people unhappy with service delivery.
While I understand the frustration and unhappiness of people – and as a resident of the EMLM, the challenges are immensely debilitating – I have to ask: what does destroying and/or vandalising municipal buildings or equipment actually achieve?
It may make the transgressor feel better for a bit, but the long-term reality is that no one – and I mean, no one – benefits.
The municipality certainly does not and it will not improve service delivery.
If you think that’s going to happen as a result of a destructive action like settling a building alight, you’re living in a fool’s paradise.
It will not make it listen to your grievances either.
It does not improve the lives of those complaining – instead, they will now be even worse off as there is no money – yes, no money – to fix these buildings. So Sterkstroom or Stutterheim residents needing access to help with municipal services are going to face an even more uphill battle in time to come.
It definitely does not help the country. Instead this kind of action will let SA sink even deeper into the pit of desperation and poverty.
I fail to understand why this is done – or maybe it’s just aimed at causing instability, with a greater political agenda?