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It’s a time for renewed hope

The recent High Court judgement ordered the Makanda Municipality to be dissolved and set a precedent for Let’s Talk Komani’s application to the same court to place the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality under administration, dissolve its council and hold fresh elections within 90 days.

This will no doubt see a flurry of activity by state institutions to attempt to resolve matters to avoid another unfavourable court ruling.

Let’s Talk Komani would like to assure all citizens that we will act responsibly and with caution. We will be single-minded about achieving our objectives and we will be fighting for the rights of all citizens to live in a clean and prosperous town that can attract investment and create employment for future generations.

We begin this new year with more water than last year but still not an uninterrupted supply. We now have the EMLM Municipality on a tight rope for their payment of electricity to Eskom thanks to the recent court order. The good Lord has sent much needed rain which is a great relief for all of us but more so for the farming communities. Our president’s newsletter laments the capacity of the state and the impact it is having on society.

He reminds us that public officials derive their legitimacy from their ability to act professionally in the interests of all citizens. He refers to the sad state of many municipalities and implies that things must change.

In the light of this I believe that Let’s Talk Komani has read the mood of civil society well and begun acting in the best interests of all citizens.

It is tragic that government institutions have disregarded their core function and acted in their own selfish interests to the point where institutions are now in a state of collapse.

As a society we need a reality check. We need to understand the value of good leadership and restore leadership structures with capacity, experience and commitment to serve the people of this country and recapacitate this country’s institution for the benefit of all its citizens and a growing economy. We need to identify the criminal activities of public servants and bring them before the courts to account for their deeds and serve jail time to set an example for the future.

About Let’s Talk Komani

Let’s Talk Komani represents Komani’s civil societies’ leaders; 27 non-governmental associations, forums, chambers, councils, faith-based organisations and not-for-profits and speaks with one unified voice following the realisation that the people of Komani need dialogue and debate to shape their future towards a more transformed and prosperous society, a future in which there is equal access to opportunity and one where structural issues like inequality, unemployment and poverty are addressed.

Ken Clark, chairperson of Let’s Talk Komani

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