OPINION: ‘Stop ‘shooting the messenger’

DEAR Editor,-

We`ve all heard and probably used the old adage ‘don’t shoot the messenger’ when we have a not-so-pleasant message for someone. In light of recent and ongoing water issues the South Coast has been experiencing, I’d like to remind everybody about not shooting the proverbial messenger. Who is the messenger you ask? Ward councillors who are suffering because of Ugu’s incompetence and refusal to acknowledge what the DA has been saying all along – Ugu is in trouble.

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Councillors get updates from Ugu and pass it on to residents. Updates are always the same. There’s always a burst pipe (that is permanently burst) and there’s always a reservoir that doesn’t get full for

some reason that only Ugu knows. Every time you get an update from them it makes you wish they just gave no comment.

Let’s not even get started on the water trucks that never make it to affected areas because the driver doesn’t know how to get there – or there’s no truck.

Makes you wonder what all those trucks sitting at the Marburg depot are doing? Maybe they’ve broken down? And whose fault is it? The ‘messenger’?

I’ve had the misfortune of reading so many scathing comments from residents who feel that they voted for the wrong person and that their DA ward councillor is useless, and so on.

Do residents remember that the ANC is in power and NOT the DA. The ANC controls Ugu, not the DA. They control the budget and use their majority to appoint their cadres.

However, it has only been DA councillors running around hitting their heads against the brick wall that is Ugu, trying to find water, making sure pipes are being fixed or looking for the phantom burst pipe.

As a resident of Gamalakhe, I’m grateful that I can at least rely on DA councillors for some information about my area as my ANC councillor is constantly AWOL.

So before we start shooting the messenger, lets rally together to fight the real problem – Ugu.




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