Spend money on the right stuff

James Davis, Fish Hoek

Open letter to the City of Cape Town:

These are my thoughts on the water crisis as taken from my replies to other friends’ posts.

I wonder when we are going to see a moratorium on building of all new residential properties?

I wonder how a mother of two will be able to carry 75 litres of water or even 25 litres?

It is a sad day and it is only going to get worse.The simple fact is they (politicians) did not want to spend money on water infrastructure because no one sees that until it’s not there.

They spent money on housing, to win votes. And even when the crisis worsened they would not spend money on desalination plants in case it rained and somebody could point a finger at them and say, “you wasted the money on the plant”.

The City and the DA lie to their public, telling residents it’s the worst drought in a hundred years when it isn’t.

They tell us Fish Hoek beach is safe to swim at and the E.coli count is at safe levels when it isn’t.

Politicians are there to win votes and line their own pockets. They should remember they are a civil servant, they serve the civilians, not themselves.

And here comes premier, Helen Zille to the rescue, saying it is worse than World War II and 9/11, really?

Why does it need to be compared to anything and even if you feel the need to, how did she come up with the idea to compare it to those two events?

World War II fatality statistics vary, with estimates of total deaths ranging from 50 million to more than 80 million. The higher figure of over 80 million includes deaths from war-related disease and famine. Civilians killed totalled 50 to 55 million, including 19 to 28 million from war-related disease and famine.

During the 9/11 attack, 2 974 victims were confirmed to have died in the initial attacks.

Great, so everyone in Cape Town is going to die. Thanks for the calming reassurance needed at a time like this.

* The Echo sent this letter to the City for a response, but by the time this edition went to print, all we received was an automatic
reply indicating that its media office was experiencing a high volume of enquiries which was affecting turnaround times and referred the Echo to frequently asked questions (FAQ) on www.capetown.gov.za/Document-centre