HAVING previously been impressed with the writings of Patrick Sekoe, I was very disappointed to see his justification and support for the puerile name-calling attack on the DA ("Beautiful feathers used to hide ugly reality", September 12). Sekoe might rather have added value to the discussion by pointing out that no political party is perfect, and that voter responsibility is to select the least bad of what is on offer and then progressively to build on that in subsequent years.
Jealousy cannot be allowed to prevent us from choosing merit and integrity as the yardstick, and juvenile sniping at competent groups or individuals merely muddies the water.
The NMM Municipality mirrors the corrupt incompetence of the kleptocratic South African government. As long as the snouts are in the trough, no amount of toyitoyiing in the streets is going to change the ANC councillors.
The municipal electorate has allowed the rape of the city over many years, and it will take time and effort by dedicated people to restore our city to what we would like it to be. There is no magic wand – and leopards do not change their spots.
Whether people like it or not, the reality is that where the so-called peacocks govern, the streets are clean, the schools and hospitals work and many more people have jobs.
If at the end of the day, they are not quite what some of us want, we have to admit they're a lot better than the bunch now stealing all the opportunities from our youth.
We can rebuild the reputation and service delivery in our city only if we work with those who respect merit and integrity.
Valdy Jensen, Walmer, Port Elizabeth