Andrew Louw, MPL
DA Northern Cape : Provincial Leader
The Sol Plaatje Municipality Executive Mayor, Agnes Ntlhangula, owes the residents of Lerato Park, and Kimberley as a whole, an apology for her disrespectful and dismissive comments.
Residents of Lerato Park had staged a protest about the lack of service delivery in their area. They also alleged corruption in the allocation of new houses in the new Lerato Park Housing Development.
The DA believes these allegations deserve to be taken seriously and must be investigated.
According to media reports, Mayor Ntlhangula told residents to, “calm down and keep quiet, as everybody had a babbalas (hangover)”.
The DA condemns Mayor Ntlhangula’s statement. The Mayor has a Constitutional responsibility to address people’s concerns and take action. It is not right for the mayor to belittle legitimate concerns from a community.
Her arrogance seems to be in line with a growing trend amongst ANC politicians to laugh off serious concerns raised by South Africans.
From President Jacob Zuma saying that eToll critics are “thinking like Africans in Africa”, to Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s, “I don’t want your dirty votes” rebuke to the people of Bekkersdal, the ANC is showing that it does not care when people raise concerns.
The only way to deal with an arrogant party in power is to vote it out.