WHY does this metro council, and in particular the sport, recreation, arts and cultural services committee, fail to acknowledge the fact that funds are not available for events like the Afcon Cup, or for that matter, for anything else ("Services cut to fund Afcon", October 19)? Is the ANC not aware of the outrage shown by the poor in the informal settlements in the metro, emphasising the lack of basic essential services available to them?
The availability of funding for the Afcon tournament is questionable, to say the least. Where the R11691000 will come from and how the NMBM can approve this expenditure, when it is quite clear that the funds are not available, baffles me?
My heart goes out to those poorest of the poor who live in conditions not fit for human habitation and for whom the ANC would appear to have no interest except at election time!
How would ANC councillors on this committee feel if they had to walk the streets and open black bags on the pavements to look for food? I spoke to six presentable young men in Park Drive on Friday morning – they were searching for something to eat in these bags!
This irresponsible decision to support the Afcon tournament will without doubt be the final nail in the coffin for the ANC as the governing party in our once beautiful metro.
JSG Davis, DA Ward 5 councillor, NMB