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Post - - OPINION - SAN­JAY SINGH Queens­burgh

THIS is with ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle “Fed-up res­i­dents stage march”

(POST, De­cem­ber 19-23).

The DA chief whip in the Na­tional Assem­bly, John Steen­huisen, and North Dur­ban con­stituency head George Mari marched to the Veru­lam SAPS re­cently to hand over a mem­o­ran­dum re­gard­ing the high rate of mur­der, drugs and other crime-re­lated mat­ters.

It would be nice if our coun­try could have elec­tions more of­ten.

It is only dur­ing this pe­riod that we see op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties, es­pe­cially the DA, wak­ing from their deep slumber, stag­ing protest marches about poor ser­vice de­liv­ery and go­ing out on over­sight vis­its.

For a cou­ple of years now, How­ick Falls, touted as a ma­jor tourism as­set, has been taken over by crim­i­nals and pros­ti­tutes and is on the verge of ruin.

Staff at the im­mi­gra­tion of­fice at the Beit Bridge bor­der post are strug­gling to do their work be­cause of a lack of re­sources and out­dated tech­nol­ogy. As a re­sult, peo­ple wait for long hours in queues to cross over the bor­der.

Staff short­ages, in­ac­ces­si­ble roads and a lack of sur­veil­lance cam­eras in the area have contributed to Inanda po­lice sta­tion be­ing listed as hav­ing the high­est num­ber of re­ported rape cases in the coun­try.

Just be­cause elec­tions are around the cor­ner, we now find the DA vis­it­ing the bor­der post at Beit Bridge, How­ick Falls, Inanda po­lice sta­tion and Veru­lam po­lice sta­tion, show­ing con­cern and chal­leng­ing the au­thor­i­ties to en­sure a safe en­vi­ron­ment and that pub­lic ameni­ties are well re­sourced.

Any po­lit­i­cal party that has the in­ter­est of the pro­le­tariat at heart would not just peak at pre-elec­tion times and coast along at other pe­ri­ods. This in­di­cates that their ac­tiv­i­ties are honed for nar­row po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions.

The elec­torate must be wary of politi­cians who seem­ingly ap­pear to be fight­ing for the poor and down­trod­den, whereas their real mo­tive is to garner votes for the up­com­ing elec­tions.

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