An apology is simply not good enough.
A Member of the Executive Council (MEC) is a public servant. Serving the people should be the core focus of their role.
It makes Gauteng co-operative governance MEC Lebogang Maile’s recent behaviour unacceptable.
Although he has since apologised, it reveals a nasty side to the world of politics and power.
Maile landed in hot water after insulting a Moreleta Park resident who, during the lockdown, had complained his electricity was cut off due to non-payment.
In text messages to Tshwane resident Lucky Nkhwashu, Maile reportedly lashed out at him.
He wrote in a text message: “Don’t start with me. I didn’t switch off your electricity, do I say you must not pay? I’m not your friend. I have handed you over to people who must help you, what more do you want from me.”
He also threatened to “mess up” the 50-year-old resident.
An apology is simply not good enough. People have genuine concerns about service delivery. They should be treated with respect.
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