COLLEAGUES of Jimmy Matyu must have been pleased to see that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality now helps to pay towards the costs of journalists' funerals. The Herald on October 1 reported that the municipality "took care of the catering and provided three buses" for his funeral ("Farewells, tributes for journalist Jimmy Matyu").
It also placed a large advert in the newspaper with the mayor paying tribute to Matyu.
But, seriously, I wonder how ratepayers feel about their money being used in this way for a private individual, and if this privilege will be extended to his Evening Post and Herald colleagues and others who also helped in the fight against apartheid. Or does this apply only to supporters of the ANC?
I would like a reply from the municipality as to the legality of its actions.
A former colleague (name supplied), Port Elizabeth