The blue overalls do not make Knysna’s Mayor, Georlene Wolmarans, a servant of us, the public. Her “Madam” licence plate is more the woman i’ve encountered, an arrogant “boss” who doesn’t believe that she has to answer our questions.
In the last Municipal elections, she never won her ward. She got in as a PR councillor. She had only been DA for a short while, having come from the ID. So how did she become Mayor?
Could there be any truth to the rumour that Patricia de Lille made a deal with Helen Zille so that 4 ID members, including herself, became mayors??? Another was Wessie van der Westhuizen in George (and that’s been as disastrous for them as it has been for us).
If true, it would mean that democracy is manipulated. But you already knew that because no matter how bad a job these politicians do, they can’t be fired by us. They don’t have to worry about pissing us off. They only have to worry about pissing off their big bosses in faraway places.
The result is that our small towns become pawns moved uncaringly across the chess board of South Africa by politicians seeking to become kings and queens at the expense of us. Democracy is a failed concept unless we all wake up and do something about it.
Potential councillors must sign commitment forms, their election promises put into contract and with us being able to call by-elections if they fail us. Councillors who care would not only stop the salary increases, they would take a pay cut in acknowledgement how the majority are suffering.
2015 is going to be an insane year politically. Don’t be deceived by bullshit that accomplishes nothing except restart the cycle of lies. Don’t blindly choose the ANC or the DA. Open your eyes. Put your opinions into action!