THE closure of the libraries in our metro is targeting the very people who are paying rates and taxes from whence the strikers' salaries come.
We are not responsible for the strikers' monetary grievances or poor service delivery which often leads to roads being blocked, causing inconvenience to those same ratepayers who need to earn money, part of which goes into the metro's coffers in the form of rates, service charges, etc.
Do the library staff realise that pensioners, who have paid their dues for years and who rely on the libraries for their enjoyment through reading and watching DVDs, cannot afford to buy books or hire DVDs, and are being deprived of one of the few pleasures they have left?
Do they care? Do the powers that be care? If we cannot get what we are entitled to get, do we go on strike and withhold our rate payments?
Peter Thompson, Port Elizabeth