Amanda Watson
News Editor
3 minute read
15 Apr 2021
8:21 am

We must do better at polls

Amanda Watson

Local government should be operating in such a way we don’t notice it. It should be smooth, unobtrusive, and effective.

Voters in line at the Northfield Methodist church in Benoni on voting day, 8th May 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

  When will we stop handing our fates to people who are long on promises and short on action? For too long, our politicians, from every side of the political divide, have been more concerned with the points they could score off each other, instead of actually doing something. In about four and a half months, it’s August – and time for municipal elections. And while we wait for the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to finish twiddling its thumbs as it decides on how the elections will be conducted, it’s time we started looking at how our municipalities...