Coun­cil­lors do not de­serve an in­crease in salaries

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POL­I­TICS

COUN­CIL­LORS don’t de­serve a salary boost. What have they done for the com­mu­nity? Put the money to bet­ter use. Mr Mood­ley

Sel­van Naidoo’s story on the 1949 ri­ots be­tween In­di­ans and Zu­lus does raise a lot of ques­tions, such as how the ri­ot­ers moved from one In­dian area to an­other very quickly on foot, armed with weapons and fuel. The gov­ern­ment’s de­layed de­ci­sion to re­store peace could have es­ca­lated the vi­o­lence. Peo­ple I spoke to wanted to know if there was a third force at work. Nor­man Pil­lay

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa is only telling us how bad Ja­cob Zuma’s ad­min­is­tra­tion was and he is say­ing noth­ing about the fu­ture. He has been in the job for al­most a year and he has brought mis­ery to the na­tion. Unem­ploy­ment has risen, the econ­omy is go­ing down and the level of crime is un­ac­cept­able. Is it still cor­rect to al­ways blame Zuma’s ad­min­is­tra­tion for our woes?

How can a po­lit­i­cal party take over a city? Ex­ces­sive noise. Peo­ple walk­ing in the streets, ob­struct­ing traf­fic, etc. Is the ANC pay­ing for the use of our fa­cil­i­ties, the sta­dium, Peo­ple’s Park, the roads and the po­lice es­corts for the noisy cav­al­cade on Fri­day night?

Dur­ing ev­ery elec­tion in the past, the ANC has used ser­vice de­liv­ery prom­ises to gain votes. Talk is cheap. They have had 24 years to de­liver ser­vice and they have re­peat­edly failed to do so for the peo­ple. If you buy from a shop and what you buy is not up to stan­dard, do you re­turn to that shop to buy other things? No way. You find an­other shop that gives you qual­ity goods for your money. The ANC has re­peat­edly failed to de­liver on its prom­ises. Get

Ig­nore the ANC’s sweet talk. We vot­ers can see that no high pro­file heads have rolled yet for gross theft, state cap­ture and bad ad­min­is­tra­tion; these are still hap­pen­ing and are watched over by the ANC, plus we see the deadly in­fight­ing that is a ruth­less com­pe­ti­tion for money, re­sources and po­si­tion. They have no in­ter­est in help­ing the pub­lic, only them­selves. They are fin­ished as a rul­ing party. Mike

The only test avail­able to de­ter­mine if the “re­born” ANC will put the coun­try first is by fight­ing cor­rup­tion – or will it put its com­rades and unity first? It would be in­ter­est­ing to see if Zuma gets a favourable vet­ting to be on the list of 200 (since every­body knows that Zuma will not ac­cept nom­i­na­tion to Par­lia­ment, as he would have to give up his salary and perks).

Driver retest­ing: I have driven many roads and kilo­me­tres this fes­tive sea­son within eThek­wini. There was a se­ri­ous lack of vis­i­ble polic­ing. Most po­lice of­fi­cers were seen at “check­points” at the beach­front or at the Coast­lands Ho­tel for the ANC con­fer­ence, where there were lit­er­ally hun­dreds of po­lice. I sug­gest that the po­lice be sent for re­train­ing in or­der to do their jobs bet­ter. JP

The ANC elec­tion man­i­festo is not in­spir­ing. It is the same ev­ery elec­tion year, just re-branded and repack­aged. If the ANC is se­ri­ous

Now that the ANC has had its an­nual liar party in Dur­ban, the ques­tion one must ask is how this ben­e­fits the peo­ple of Dur­ban? Were the il­le­gal cars parked on is­lands and pave­ments given tick­ets, like they are dur­ing rugby or cricket matches?

David Mabuza is a very wor­ried man. He wants to pro­tect the ANC from “dy­ing”. I couldn’t agree more, brother. You are in big trou­ble af­ter years of way be­low par mis­rule and can­cer­ous cor­rup­tion scan­dals. I’m hop­ing you don’t get over 50% in the elec­tion. Your party does not de­serve more than that. Mar­tel

ODDS AND ENDS

Duanne Olivier, fan­tas­tic bowl­ing, but you need to get be­hind the wicket when the fielder is aim­ing

wise and find a party that de­liv­ers to you the qual­ity you want and need. Ja­cob Zuma about cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture, then those im­pli­cated must be re­moved from the list. Why have there been no pros­e­cu­tions and money re­cov­ered? It seems in­flu­en­tial mem­bers will get off scot­free.

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