Capeto­ni­ans de­serve the truth

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

IN THE last lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions the DA re­sound­ingly won the Cape Town metropole. Few would care to wager on the same out­come if fresh elec­tions were to be held to­mor­row. That’s be­cause of bungling – from the Day Zero de­ba­cle to pro­posed ex­or­bi­tant and patently il­log­i­cal hikes for coun­cil rates and ser­vices, to in­creas­ingly des­per­ate at­tempts to get rid of mayor (or ex-mayor?) Pa­tri­cia de Lille.

Un­for­tu­nately for her ene­mies in the DA, the feisty De Lille is go­ing nowhere qui­etly. Es­pe­cially af­ter her crit­ics failed, when put on the spot, to pro­vide ev­i­dence to stand up al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and af­ter what was pur­ported to be a leaked of­fi­cial re­port was re­vealed as a man­u­fac­tured fake.

The public, par­tic­u­larly long-suf­fer­ing ratepay­ers, might be for­given for won­der­ing just what is go­ing on. And why it is that the DA has re­fused to al­low public scru­tiny of its case against its for­mer pro­vin­cial leader and city mayor.

As for the lat­est vol­ley – sup­posed vi­o­la­tion of the DA con­sti­tu­tion – in the big­ger scheme of things, we doubt if cit­i­zens care overly much.

What is of con­cern is that while the DA holds a Mad Hat­ters Tea Party at the Civic Cen­tre, its coun­cil­lors have failed to make mean­ing­ful in­roads into apartheid-era spa­tial plan­ning and parts of the Cape Flats seethe with ten­sions be­tween long-stand­ing res­i­dents and their neigh­bours liv­ing in in­for­mal set­tle­ments.

Mean­while, house­hold­ers are up in arms that the coun­cil has re­sponded to their thrifti­ness in sav­ing en­ergy and pre­cious wa­ter by charg­ing, some say fleec­ing, them more.

And the way De Lille has been jos­tled out lends weight to claims that the DA uses and then, when con­ve­nient, loses cred­i­ble black politi­cians.

It is time for the DA to re­mem­ber that Cape Town was its show­case for gover­nance and fo­cus on run­ning the city prop­erly and let all the facts about its fight with De Lille come out in the open.

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