I AM very distressed at the axing of Stanford Slabbert.
He was a very hard-working councillor who was greatly valued by his constituents in Ward 1.
He was certainly guilty of poor judgment, but racism – I think not.
Let us consider the three defamatory statements in the e-mail that are being held against him. The statement about Jacob Zuma and his penchant for women has been made, in different words, in several editorials and cartoons in The Herald and other newspapers and by people like Julius Malema, yet none of them have been accused of racism.
That the ANC has chosen to be led by a man of so many dubious qualities is a real tragedy for this country.
The statement about the dumbing down of the population is a clear indictment of the dysfunctional education system that has developed under the ANC. That those folk who have been deprived of an education are now living on handouts is a direct result of the ANC policy just to hand out our hard-earned cash instead of concentrating on innovative ways to create jobs.
All this is about failing ANC policies, not racism. If criticising the results of ANC policy is implied racism, it must mean that the ANC considers itself a party for only black folk.
Since The Herald brought up the subject again of the porn found on Slabbert's computer eight years ago, I think readers should be reminded that there was a strong suspicion that it was planted there in order to replace him with a more "favoured" person.
Under his watch as tourism sports officer the Splash Festival became a great draw card that brought crowds to Port Elizabeth over Easter. It worked so well because of his excellent planning which had everything in place months before the event.
Under the new management the Splash Festival lost all impetus till the final disaster that was this year when the event organiser had barely one week to put an event together.
I would be delighted to see Slabbert's appeal upheld so that he can get on with the job he has been doing so well. If political pragmatism can work in favour of King Bulekhaya Dalindyebo, it should also apply to a man who has given his all to the DA and Port Elizabeth over the years.
Stanford supporter, Humewood, Port Elizabeth