REGARDING the article, "Costly metro job bungle" (October 28), I am unsure how much longer the people of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro can put up with the incompetence being displayed by officials in the metro. Mr Ngcolomba, I would like to point out that the income paid by taxpayers is not yours to do with as you see fit.
You commented that your organisation was a caring one and that you could not toss Nobuntu Makapela out in the street as she had a family to take care of. How about applying a thought process when these people are employed and ensuring that their contract covers you as an employer?
You fail to remember that many of the people of the metro are struggling with costs, and the rates and taxes paid to the metro must be taken care of and spent effectively so as to add value to taxpayers' and citizens' lives. This is the second person that the metro has screwed up with the same appointment, Gift Ngqondi being the first.
Did you not learn from your mistake the first time round and say, "Let's not make that mistake again"? For sure it's because it's not your funds, and you clearly are either incompetent or don't give a darn about the taxpayers and citizens of the metro!
Let's look at the salary as well – R92000 per month! Please explain how this person earning this huge salary is going to add value to the taxpayers and citizens of the metro?
Chief executives of companies employing many people do not earn this salary. If they don't perform in accordance with their contracts of employment, they are fired and have to find alternative employment regardless of how many children they have and who they are.
This reckless abuse of taxpayers' money must stop and the officials concerned must be held accountable and made to pay up. Only then will this abuse stop.
My greatest wish for next year is that the voting public takes a hard look at the ballot paper and put their X next to a party that will perform and honour the trust placed in it by the citizens.
A quote from Nelson Mandela, in his address to the 1993 Cosatu congress – he said to thunderous applause, "If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government".
We have been a democratic country for 20 years and the voters need to use the power of the X to vote in public officials who honour them, and act as public servants and not our masters.
Alan Wilson, Brookes Hill, Port Elizabeth