President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on prospective councillors regardless of their political affiliation to work together and rebuild trust in communities and improve communication with them.
In his weekly letter to the nation on Monday morning, Ramaphosa said local elections should not be about securing the most votes, but have to be about ensuring the interests of communities are placed above all else.
The president said it was evident that some residents have lost confidence in their ward councillors.
He said the loss of confidence among others emanated from councillors failing to attend to the problems facing residents timeously and not keeping them updated about disruptions in their localities.
He also decried the fact that councillors only come to their communities at election time. He has encouraged those standing for election to listen to what people want and continuously interact with them more effectively and more often.
From The Desk of The President – Monday, 20 September 2021 – https://t.co/acup0VyMeT We have just finished the final voter registration weekend ahead of the local government elections on 1 November. pic.twitter.com/koDlSoAcHv
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