THE condition of the cemetery in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth leaves much to be desired. It also makes a mockery of the reverence with which the Xhosa nation holds their dead.
The situation becomes pathetic and insulting to the bereaved families on rainy days. Hearses, cars and buses ferrying mourners get into a jam as the result of this poor condition and sometimes are forced to wait for about 10 minutes to access the graves.
Against this background, the allegations by Mkhuseli Jack that the infighting between mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and Nceba Faku, who is an ANC regional leader, is stifling service delivery in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, are worth noting ("‘I won’t ever vote for ANC again’”, July 25).
In a similar vein, in many municipalities in South Africa poor service delivery is synonymous with infighting among politicians. Political power and the resultant selfish control over resources, seemingly, is the bone of contention and in the process people’s interests are ignored. No matter how fallacious this point of view may be seen by some, it does hold.
It is also disturbing, shameful and frustrating that 18 years into our democracy many public institutions that are predominantly utilised and managed by our black brothers and sisters are always in chaos.
Many of our public schools, hospitals and even public toilets always attract negative publicity.
The recently released damning auditor-general’s report on the state of affairs in our municipalities bears evidence to this and it also cast aspersions on the kind of people who are entrusted with improving the lives of the poor in our country.
Ayanda Sinuka, Nonibe Location, King William‘s Town