HERMAN MASHABA: Fixing Joburg’s historic mess: a response to Ferial Haffajee
The euphoria of finally being able to deliver real change to Joburg’s people turned to horror when we saw the huge problems we have to fix, writes Herman Mashaba
Ferial Haffajee is right — but not about everything. This is in relation to her piece titled: Potholes. Traffic lights. City Power. Jozi remains a mess. The respected newspaper editor correctly points out that as the new multiparty administration, we promised to deliver better governance and improve the lives of our residents. The sum total of Haffajee’s argument, however, appears to assert that despite this, change is not occurring or isn’t happening fast enough. I couldn’t agree more. There is much work to be done and I am sympathetic to the frustration felt by our residents. It is a frustration I share in. However, what Haffajee fails to appreciate is that, while the multiparty government entered into power on a promise of better governance, the historic election outcome of August 2016 cannot be regarded as a silver bullet that would render irrelevant all of the problems that have been created by years of ANC misrule. The mess left behind by Parks Tau and company is simply so hug...
Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.
Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.