IF ONE hadn't known better, the article on the front page of the Herald on March 11, could have been mistaken for having been an April Fool's gag.
How is it possible for an 81-year-old to hold the position of mayor of such a large metropole?
It would be a fairly onerous job for a younger person. Is this 81-year-old going to work mornings only – he cannot possibly, at his age, be up to doing a full-time job of this nature.
What is the retirement age policy at NMMM?
Our municipality is already in such a mess. Who in their right mind could have made this appointment?
Brenda Galloway, Summerstrand
THE sad saga continues, highlighting what is pitifully obvious to those with something between their ears.
That this beautiful country is ruled by a political party which is totally bankrupt when it comes to leadership. So, one sad individual is booted out to be replaced by an 81- year-old.
An 81-year-old who will, presumably, do exactly as he is told by his bosses, and blazes with doing what a "mayor" is supposed to do.
The "voting fodder" will once again be ignored, and things will continue as normal. Abysmal, to put it mildly.
Their election slogan: "Together we can build better communities".
As has become obvious over the years, the only "better community" of interest to them, is that army of "cadres" throughout the three tiers of "government" service – national, provincial and local. Disaster from the top to the bottom.
But as long as that "voting fodder" continues to re-elect them, the status quo will remain.
One must feel for Nancy Sihlwayi – being "redeployed" to Bhisho.
The whole pathetic exercise displays the situation the ANC has created for itself.
For sanity's sake, an 81-year-old as mayor! No one else suitable around, obviously.
The magic of "affirmative action" in action, with all its horrors.
Morally and ethically bankrupt. An adequate description to define our "leaders"? I think so.
Richard Burbidge, Rowallan Park