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ONE of the myths propagated by the DA and its supporters is that the Western Cape is a model for service delivery.
This myth is being brought up in every discussion in the political arena.
So I looked forward to my recent visit to Worcester in the Breede River Valley Municipality with mixed feelings, a feeling of sadness at the loss of my sister, and a feeling of anticipation to be able to observe how the DA manage to get things done. On entering Worcester, I was surprised at the cleanliness of the CBD and affluent suburbs. However, this feeling dissipated when I entered the predominantly coloured township of River View.
Dirty and potholed streets, street lights are out and the are facilities are dilapidated. This situation surely could not be the same as what the DA portrays as service delivery? Then it hit me.
This myth is based on better services to the rich, predominantly whites, while the scraps from the feeding table are fed to the poor, predominantly blacks and coloureds.
Now I understand MPL Christian Martin's description of the DA as peacocks whose beautiful feathers are on display in the largely white suburbs whilst their scruffy feet are publicly displayed in the predominantly black townships.
Patrick Sekoe, East London