DEAR Mr Macfarlane,
In response to your letter, "Rates boycott not supported" (August 30), we would like to enlighten you that the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers' Association (NMBRA) is a non-political, non-religious and non-racial organisation with the sole purpose of protecting the constitutionally guaranteed rights of all ratepayers in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, regardless of their race, colour, age, sex, religion, political affiliation or affluence.
The NMBRA will continue to protect such interests regardless of which political party runs the metro. We hereby call on all ratepayers to join our action to resurrect this metro so that it performs to its true potential.
Political interference in the administration of the city, no municipal manager for almost four years, confirmed reports of corruption and mismanagement of public funds, non-existent service delivery, crumbling infrastructure, closure of businesses and tourist attractions, an unattractive business environment, high levels of unemployment and illiteracy. These are the facts on the ground and as such, all ratepayers have a constitutionally guaranteed right to make their voices heard.
Thousands of people in this metro have had enough. They will no longer watch while their hard-earned funds are squandered by those who have no agenda but to enrich themselves illegally.
Fortunately, the municipality is also bound by the same democratic laws that govern this country. In fact, the law is there to protect the people from government, not the other way round.
We should therefore be thankful that such a democratic constitution exists and that the municipality would not be able simply to pursue irresponsible recommendations that call for "attaching their properties and disconnecting their electricity should they not pay".
We have received hundreds of dispute forms from areas you consider "less" affluent. It seems those areas also have "concerned" residents.
Khaled El-Jabi, deputy chairman, NMBRA