When elephants fight, the grass suffers

The old adage that says "when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers" is applicable to Ekurhuleni Municipality. In this case the two elephants are the Gauteng departments of education and that of local government.

The old adage that says "when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers" is applicable to Ekurhuleni Municipality. In this case the two elephants are the Gauteng departments of education and that of local government.

The grass in this case is the pupils in all our schools.

At most public schools in Tembisa, learning and teaching are continuously disturbed because the council cuts off the electricity when the schools apparently do not pay for the service. What a joke!

Most of these schools are Section 21 institutions - that means they receive grants from the provincial education department.

How on earth can a parastatal - Eskom in this instance - sabotage another government department - department of education?

Most of the wards, if not all of them in Tembisa, fall under the ANC.

The councillors and all relevant stakeholders know very well that their mandate is to deliver services to the people and to put the Batho Pele programme into action.

Cutting electricity to our schools does not serve that purpose. In fact that is an insult to our hard-fought democracy.

It's about time our leaders realised that we can no longer tolerate their ignorance and selfishness. Let them find a way of dealing with the problems of payments rather than to cut off the power.

Kedibone Sekhwela, Tembisa

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