Allan and Karen Heese’s propaganda piece is neither intelligent
nor honest with its facts, Trailblazing mayor or opportunist? (January
26). The writers ask a false question, have a false premise, are
contradicted by their facts, argue effects are causes and whitewash the
African National Congress (ANC).
First, one can and normally
must be an opportunist to be a trailblazer. Second, criticising the
Democratic Alliance and Hellen Zille for “naming and
shaming” defaulters, exiting the N2 Gateway and Red 1 and
challenging the Green Point stadium, requires believing that Cape Town
should not hold ratepayers to their dues, stop backhanders, and protect
your capital assets and income stream.
Third, the writers say the
provincial government was on the same list as other large debtors and
was treated no differently, so how do they read politics into it? Money
for the stadium is not in place, so how are delays
Fourth, we learnt of
Zille’s leadership style and media savvy when she reacted to
provincial bullying, ANC poaching and the issues above. Her style and
savvy did not cause those issues.
Fifth, the writers explain
the ANC’s plan to subvert the council in 2006 as a natural
reaction to getting a R724000 rates bill shortly before.
Is this honest analysis, or
mindless propaganda? Allan and Heese do nothing to prove the province
was treated differently, that the N2 Gateway was corruption-free, that
the legislative framework for sustainable electricity resupply was in
place, or that Cape Town will escape the curse of the Olympics and
Soccer World Cup hosts: paying too much for stadiums that get used too
As an adviser and an
economist, they should know it’s bad economics to push Cape Town
into vanity projects that boost political egos and give undeclared
profits to individuals and inflated costs to the public.