Our city deserves much better
Following the recent and ongoing events in the city of George, the PBI (Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners) is extremely concerned about the direction in which the DA is taking the city. It would appear that the DA is more worried about the damage to their brand name, as has been stated last week, than being worried about the effective governance of the city of George.
The raid by the Hawks has emphasised the seriousness of the opposition, in particular the PBI, to root out corruption in the municipality. For far too long our voices have been ignored when we drew attention to these corrupt activities. Instead of the DA claiming that they have alerted the Hawks to investigate, they should rather concentrate on taking responsibility for the mess they plunged the city into.
There is no doubt that this entire circus has cost the city millions of rand, scared investors off and hampered new developments. This is a devastating blow to our already fragile economy, that can hardly be afforded. The city desperately needs investment and growth in order to stimulate our economy and create jobs.
I fail to comprehend that, if a party is so worried about their brand name, why would they conflict themselves to call in the Hawks. The DA was hiding behind so-called internal investigations in order to sweep their corruption under the carpet, instead of executing their legal obligation to report crime to the police. They have been sitting on these allegations for very long and did not act against anybody, until the PBI laid charges with the police. In this regard we can produce a case number.
We are now calling on the governing party of George, the DA, to stop limping from one controversy to another and provide leadership and bring stability to our city.
The citizens deserve much better and quality political guidance.
If we pride ourselves to be the next metro in the Western Cape, the DA has an urgent responsibility get rid of corrupt officials and politicians across the board. Whilst high levels of poverty and unemployment prevail in the city, tenders are constantly awarded to companies outside George. These companies are in many instances not even prepared to join forces with locals to create jobs and opportunities. In this regard I mean millions of rand are exiting the city to outside companies.
The PBI says enough is enough. The time has come that our people must now reap the benefits of our democracy and share in the wealth of our city. The housing backlog and unavailability of land for the poor, must now be prioritised before we experience an outbreak of violence and riots.
The PBI calls on all citizens to act responsibly and hold their local government responsible for a corruptionfree and clean government.