They all want your vote on 1 November.
Yet our leaders are messing up horribly and showing themselves to be unworthy of the X on your ballot paper at the local elections.
What the hell is the Democratic Alliance – or rather the City of Cape Town – up to?
We’re all trying to survive an 18-month-long pandemic.
People are out of work, struggling and literally starving?
And what does the City do? Knock down a soup kitchen in Manenberg that has been feeding 300 people three times a week.
Instead of providing the feeding programme with funding, food and utensils, they send in an Anti Land Invasion Unit armed with 10-pound hammers to flatten the place.
Where must those mense go for food now?
The vibracrete structure, which was built on City-owned land, has been around for five years and housed the soup kitchen as well as a madressa, according to the community.
Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Malusi Booi, however, would hear none of it.
“These were newly erected unlawful structures,” he insisted.
“The City removes unlawfully erected incomplete and unoccupied structures found during daily operations, which are currently being carried out in all areas across the metro.”
Net so. Way to “uphold the rule of law”.
Noted. But the next time the City is accused of being anti-poor and bullying arme mense, hou jou bek kanala.
Meanwhile, in Strandfontein, sewage was streaming into the popular tidal pool.
A transformer at the Spine Road pump station had apparently blown, resulting in the nasty spill.
Credit to Water and Waste and Community Service and Health for responding to the problem as soon as they did.
Let’s hope the problem doesn’t reoccur.
The Cape Flats is full of blocked drains, making life miserable for residents and shutting down a whole primary school in Eerste River two weeks ago.
Xanthea Limberg, the Mayco Member for Water and Waste is quick to blame the blockages on “flushing items such as rags, tampons/pads, as well as general litter, etc.”
Interesting how these blockages seem to only be reported in poorer areas.
You won’t find a transformer conking out on the Atlantic Seaboard, leaving the Sea Point Pavilion flushed with poo. No sir.
These are all real local issues affecting real local people.
The important thing about the municipal elections is that it’s not about voting a new party into government and parliament.
You can vote to make a change in your area and even your street.
If your current ward councillor is not doing enough, vote someone else in.
It doesn’t have to be a DA or ANC dik ding.
Vote for someone, even an independent candidate, who is committed to improving your community.
But don’t NOT vote and then moan when your local representatives let you down.