Elections come and go: your vote is for a councillor for the next 5 years

Once all is said and done on the eve of this elections (LGE 2016) , Bernie  Sanders said, “Elections come and go, but the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%, a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice, that struggle continues!” (Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention on the 24 July 2016).

All South Africans should remember that when we cast that vote for the local authorities that will govern on our behalf for the next five years, if they fail us, well we deserve it because we elected them. When they succeed, it can only be because together we did it. The new leadership must be subjected to a vigorous training on their legislative responsibilities and be subjected to a social contract of performance that must be reviewed annually, jointly by their party and the ward citizens who voted them in power.

The characteristics of the next councillorship should be that of the community builder, a socio, political and economic facilitator for developer.

A leader, with the calibre of embracing passion, commitment and total dedication for community work. While politics is central to the role, it does not surpass the latter sentiments. We need peoples’ persons with social skills and a present leader.

Local government is so dynamic that if not intellectually read, it will be a serious challenge to engage legislation and represent it fully. Governments are business run and sophisticated. Therefore, they must be equal to the task.


Joe Mavuso, Independent Analyst: Bavuse Trading Enterprises



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