A NEW dawn has arisen and the ice has been broken. The fight has been fought and our prayers have been heard, now with the hope that the people of the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality can start to govern.
The ANC top six delegates could not have made a better decision. Because of political infighting people in the metro have suffered a great loss.
The municipality has failed them in almost every aspect whereby everything has deteriorated, including service delivery, and there has been a major decline in corporate governance. This all contributed to the victories of opposition parties in the 2010 local elections in the metro.
I strongly hope that the appointments of Ben Fihla as mayor and Chippa Ngcolomba were done on merit, irrespective of age creed or colour. I strongly believe that change can be for the better and the good, and that the people should respect their party leaders and their decisions.
The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) urges these decision makers to recognise God in all aspects when it comes to the planning and decisions of our municipality.
The people of this metro should now stop fighting, respect your leaders and join hands and ask ourselves: what is there that I can do for my municipality? As the ANC's Freedom Charter says "The people shall govern" – allow the people to do so.
Roger Belford, Christian Democratic Party interim provincial leader (Eastern Cape)