Reports single out the DA
I REFER to the editorial comment, “Pay up, DA councillors”, in The Star, January 12.You correctly point out that some City of Johannesburg councillors are in arrears with their payments to the city.
However, your reportage and comments are slanted against the DA.
For example, 24 ANC councillors were in arrears in November, as were six from the DA and four from other parties.
Your biased reporting appears to have singled out only the DA councillors and has failed to acknowledge that councillors either have arrangements in place to settle their arrears or that they may have declared a dispute with the city over the issue. Balanced media coverage should reflect this situation.
The council and the various parties have systems in place to deal with these matters. We need to be fair to every councillor accused of an offence.
Being in arrears is not necessarily a sign of delinquency. The new DA administration inherited a historically dysfunctional billing system, which is well known for producing faulty accounts.
The effective resolution of billing issues with a fully functional billing system is a priority for this administration.
Councillors are not immune to these errors. Other factors may also be involved.
As chief whip, I assure your readers that each case will be investigated and dealt with fairly and firmly.
Neither the city nor the DA will tolerate financial delinquency from elected public representatives. City of Johannesburg Chief Whip of Council