Open letter to the Democratic Alliance Leader – Mmusi Maimane

September 15, 2017
Open letter to the Democratic Alliance Leader – Mmusi Maimane
Response to extract in Sunday Tribune 10 September 2017
It is with interest that I took the time to read the article which is not something usually done. The idea was to try and find something new and refreshing.
Given the communities recent engagements with the DA the article was reflective of what the DA are not and will not be.
Some of the challenges and concerns is that you have all the various channels for the people to engage with you as an institution and as the leader yet we got gate-keepers. The head is not in-touch with the people and he is also blind in understanding or knowing what his sub-ordinates are doing.
Do we want or need a party and leader of such calibre? How much different will it be if at this stage they do not heed or address what their constituency are saying?
Currently the party is self-indulged and concerned about a particular status of people with society. The other is that there are people in positions without clout, while others are running their own private businesses on tax-payers money. I am sure this sounds very familiar.
The appeal is for people to become more pro-active in their communities and use the rights given to us in the constitution to hold these ‘leaders’ to account and not be fooled by their false promises and rhetoric.
As the people of South Africa we hope that you Mr Mmusi Maimane would take the time to step down from your soap-box and sit with the people and engage with them to understand who we are and what your sub-ordinates are about.


March 27, 2017

Greetings Lyndal,

Thank you finally for the response.

Firstly I would like to inform you that this is a response in my personal capacity and not the views or response of the ‘community I claim to represent’ as per your understanding.

I would like to compliment you on your or your speech writer, unless plagiarism is acceptable, on your detailed accounts of events and language use in the response; having being in your company and being addressed by you.

To put you in the picture and perspective of my involvement, I am not a resident directly affected by the construction or the soon occupants of the new housing project (as yet). I was approached by the affected residence shortly after the work on the land had started based on my experience of working with people like yourself. This is not my job neither am I being remunerated in any way for my time and effort being put into these interventions.

I will not and do not intend going through and responding to your email line-by-line which I could but do not have the time. As I close the curtain on this interaction as the ‘land-grab’ has taken place with the construction of the dwellings already, I would like to share my personal view to this.

Having interacted with counsellors previously I have always had to keep in mind the people they represent and those they claim to. There was always going to be a juggling act as to who we will be addressing. The role of the puppeteer and the puppet was always going to be blurred. My brief interaction with you has left neither you nor the party you represent favourable to me. Giving the manner in which you, your party and the media have handled this debacle has not left me with much hope. Either the party has lowered its standards from my last understanding or deliberately chosen people like yourself for certain communities for obvious reasons.

It is interesting to have heard during one of your informal discussions with community members that due to the meagre stipend your masters pay you, you are forced to subsidise your income with alternate business interests (jumping castle and security companies).

In closing, it is clear that to your party and even with the media, the community voices were never important as we were never interviewed directly regarding any of the ‘claims or accusations’ that were made verifying these. I find it amusing that you have become the centre of the matter and the real issue side-lined and as the smoke screen the dwellings were being erected. Your view and accounts of the situation have been the only ones being taken in to account.  It will not be surprising but rather confirmation when it becomes evident that the community you represent occupy the houses being built on the site in question.

The struggle to, ‘work together towards building an open opportunity society that is underpinned by Freedom, fairness and opportunity for all’, Lyndal Singh, will continue. Unless we use the following quote, Politicians tongues and toilet paper have something in common…the quality is determined by the economics.



Counsellor’s Letter to community rep…

March 27, 2017

Dear Quinton,

I trust this email finds you well. Since 29th November 2016, you have contacted me, a few journalists and other members of the Democratic Alliance in what I can only presume to be an attempt to gain further information about the housing development taking place behind your property.

In these communications you have consistently and at times indecently attempted to cast aspersions on my character as member of the Democratic Alliance and the democratically elected Ward Councillor of Ward 50. These accusations are not only speculative but have led to this exacerbated circumstances we now find ourselves in. I believe it is not only pertinent but also imperative that we set the record straight so that we can work together towards building an open opportunity society that is underpinned by Freedom, fairness and opportunity for all.

Allow me the opportunity to categorically pin down a timeline of all that I have done as the elected public representative for ward 50 so that we can clear up any misunderstandings, misinformation and misconceptions that you have. I must apologise in advance for the lengthy email however I believe it is important that the record is set straight.

On the 15/11/16 I had an onsight inspection with Woodglaze Liaison Officer Mervin Reddy to ensure that Woodglaze was in procession of the relevant required documentation in order to commence with the Housing Development. On the 21/11/16 a street meeting was then called to give feedback to the community.

On the 2/12/16 you had written an email to Max Ramnarain stating that this is not a political matter and that the community must not allow this to be hi-jacked by the Democratic Alliance or me. Let me remind you Mr Kippen that the very same community you claim you represent have mandated me as their elected Public Representative to investigate this housing development. This should come to you as no surprise as you were present at the meeting held on the 8/12/16 where these matters, amongst others, were discussed at length. The construction then ceased until further investigation could be carried out.

On the 12/01/17 I received an email from Max Ramnarain requesting an urgent community meeting. I immediately went out to the site and met with Eugene Peter from 269 Grovend Drive. After meeting with Mr Peter, I then responded to Max Ramnarain informing him that the next meeting will be set down for the 14/01/16. I would presume that since you are the spokesperson for this community that you would have attended this meeting, despite meeting notifications being distributed in the vicinity you were still not present.

On the 13/02/2017 I had met with Jay Singh, the owner of Woodglaze construction onsight to discuss the concerns of the community in respect to the housing development and to verify that all the plans have been passed and approved. He then met with me again on the 15/02/2017 at my offices with the plans and all relevant documentation. All documentation viewed was duly authorised by Municipality and Woodglaze construction for all intents and purposes were legally allowed to constinue construction.

Then over the next few emails you began to attack my character and question my integrity as the elected Public Representative of Ward 50 by going on to make inferences and accusations such as me having a bad work ethic and claiming that it is feasible and likely that I have benefitted financially from this Housing Development by somehow being in cahoots with Gralio Construction and their subsidiaries.

I have followed due process outlined within my job description as a Public Representative and have in most cases gone beyond the call of duty to assist the residents affected by the Housing Development. Furthermore the DA prides itself in working with a high level of ethical behaviour and professionalism – if you have proof to your allegations please feel free to send this to the DA leadership for them to investigate your allegations. I trust you have their contact details.

After many back and forth meetings and consultations with the community members concerned there were 3 action points which needed immediate attention viz. The driveway access to the back of the existing properties, the blockages of sewer lines and the noise levels caused by the construction company as unreasonable hours of the morning and night.

Since then, Woodglaze construction have agreed to allow the residents a 3meter driveway access to the back of the existing properties even though he is not obligated to do so. In terms of the noise levels this has been reduced and Woodglaze have been informed that they must ensure that work that involves high noise levels must be carried out during regular working hours and the residents were advised to contact me immediately should Woodglaze fail to abide by this. On the 16/03/2017 I engaged Earl Lawler and Yathien Rampaul, city officials, on site. They are currently investigating the cause of the sewer blockages and have already planned to send down cameras to ascertain the location and extend of the blockages. Please bear with them as they have indicated they would give us feedback within 2 weeks.

I have also engaged with MPL George Mari regarding this matter and have been out to sight with him on the 14/03/17 and the 16/03/17. I have met with eThekwini’s Legal Resource Team on the following dates: 02/12/2016 (at their offices), 7/12/16 (on site), 19/01/17, 14/03/17. At the recent meeting with the LRT I was accompanied by Pastor James and Theo Pillay from the ratepayers association who I am sure will be more than happy to assure you that the next step now, should you wish to stop this development, would be for your to approach the high court. Should you fail in your accusations you will liable for the associated fees which I believe is in the R30,000 region. My reason for saying “you” and not “the community” is because in many of your emails you have changed the goals posts stating first that the community is happy about the development but would want their concerns cleared up all the way to the extent of stating to Zimasa from the City Press that the community does not want the development to continue. It is my suggestion that you go back to the community who you claim have mandated you as their spokesperson with the most current information and perhaps revise your mandate.

I want to categorically place on record Mr Kippen, that although I appreciate your frustration on this matter. I do not approve of the  disrespectful and on most occasions inflammatory comments and statements made by you directly to me over the phone and via emails.

It is important that you bear in mind that I will no longer tolerate your abusive phone calls wherein you continue to make inflammatory remarks, unfounded accusations or raise your voice at me. Since the first interaction I have had with you I have treated you with the respect you deserve as resident of the ward and would hope that you have the decency to do the same in future.

Also, should you wish to communicate with me please remember that it is counterproductive when adults speak and treat other adults with disrespect therefore I urge to you keep your communication with me via email.

Kind regards,

Cllr.Lyndal Singh

Communities being fed to those with money by the ‘authorities’…

March 10, 2017

Having being involved with communities at various levels, with organisations and campaigns I am starting to question many things.

A most recent challenge we as a community are fighting in the Phoenix area is the blatant disregard of people with financial means to have to follow procedure and protocol. I guess this will be expected when the authorities give you unrestricted permission and then do not police the process.

How is it possible that a company and a person can be implicated in fraudulent activity, under investigation, messed up government and municipal services and on trial for poor building practice is still given permission (carte blanche) to develop properties within the same municipality?

I struggle to understand when you appeal to other forces to assist like the media they then find that the news is not public interest. Have they become community watchdogs and how do they qualify what is public interest? Unless the public have become so shallow that unless it is sensational then it is news. The other could be that the media themselves have become entangled in this web of the politicians and they then decide what public interest is.

Politicians have lost the real meaning and understanding of their role and function having been elected by the people for the people under our democratic constitution which is considered to be the best piece of progressive paper in the world of governance.

As we ‘progress’ if that is the word to use at this time it has been said by many before, ‘an elite few are being enriched at the expense of the already poverty-stricken electorate’. Before it was difficult to reconcile in my mind the behavior of others to the powers that be regarding things like service delivery, incompetence, misuse, and abuse of power. Looking back and forecasting it seems our struggle will always be. Pre and post-apartheid pictures of community engagement have not changed when we look at methods of demonstration and protest.

Viva democracy viva, or is it…does the government of today only understand their own language of where they come? Maybe as they were ‘struggle fighters’ they only understand the struggle language, when the community behaves in a particular fashion. Some called them terrorists other called them freedom fighters today you will be called barbaric and a hooligan.

If that is what it takes to get their attention then I think so should it be. Is that the language understood by government in addressing the needs of the people and the challenges we face? When we are civil in behavior we are then looked at as week and to be trampled on and like in the movie of Long walk to Freedom, when the Sharpeville massacre took place it was asked, ‘why did you shoot and who shot first’. The same was seen and heard at Marakana. We are being threatened with armed forces and intimidated into submission not to stand against ‘authority’.

Other challenges that we face is that the judge and jury are the perpetrators and the problem with this is that there is no accountability. This also leaves no channels for complaints, grievances, and recourse to be implemented. Watchdog institutions are left with a mere bark as their survival is determined by the perpetrators. How does a dog defend its masters when the masters commit crimes against each other? The same situation under different circumstances sees the dog protecting its family. Will the dog really ‘bite’ the hand that feeds it, if it knew its survival and existence depended on that hand? When the dog does, ‘do what is right’, it is then accused of being out of control and must be subdued.

If society can help me understand where do we go from here to fulfill the greater good of a better country, the land of democracy, the rainbow nation of both equality in economics, justice and education. We are seeing that for a while just voting is not enough. The people in these organisations do not show to have the country at heart. They also do not have the character to tackle, address, and admit to injustices and failures.

This is not Civil Disobedience…

October 7, 2013



Send this on to everyone you know in SA to ‘hopefully’ stand together on this one.  

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Remember, postal summonses are not legal documents and you need not react to them.

Henk Bolhuis [Ex-Deputy Chief Traffic Officer of Pretoria]


I think, and I am sure that many of you are the same, that the tolls are a disgrace, both the extortionate toll fees themselves and also the widely published fact that we are expected to pay up to R18 BILLION over the next 10 years just to collect the toll fees. I wanted to share the clarity of thought in this mail and agree that I will not be installing anything on my car. They are not going to have easy access to my bank account, they say they want a debit order – forget it. Send me a bill (by registered mail) every time – and I will pay it just as fast as I pay the speeding fines that arrive by normal post (which I also ignore). Together we can make this whole thing fail – as it should. Let the toll gates stay there, not working, as monuments to people power. Let’s call this the start of the SA Awakening, look what the normal people are achieving in North Africa with the Arab Awakening. I hope this goes around at least a billion times. Taxes and Open Road Toll Fees People should not install the transponders but still use the highways and force the government to issue accounts and summonses to all motorists until such time they drop the prices. The government will be forced to send out millions of accounts every month and they don’t have the manpower to do it. This is the best and easiest way to boycott the system. What is the government going to do about motorists from other neighboring countries that don’t have these transponders? South Africans are too complacent and its time we fight back.  WE have paid for these roads. Now they are also proposing a 1% tax to fund the SABC Circulate this to all your friends!!!!!!!! Has anyone thought just how much tax we are already paying? a. 35% on your salary b. 14% on everything you buy (bar fresh produce) and services rendered. c. Carbon tax if you buy a new car (besides the 14% VAT you have to pay) d. Tax on the fuel you put in your car to run it. e. Toll on our roads – and for some it is going to come to a whopper of 10% of your salary (If you earn R10 000.00 a R1 000 would go toward tolling if you migrate between PTA and JHB every day.) Bully to try and pacify me with the idea that I can claim it back from my income tax!!! I have to fork out the money first. Going on holiday to DBN? Remember to save up your R1000.00 for tolling. To say the least – For every R10.00 you earn, the government is already taking approx R6.00 and still they want more. Are you happy with the R4.00 you are getting? NICE!!!!! When are we going to get up and do something about it? Where is all the money going to? It is definitely not being spent on what it should be – our hospitals are in a state of disrepair, our schools in shambles, our roads full of potholes, our water contaminated, sewers not working, left in the dark because Eskom failed to do their upgrades, the poor are poorer still, municipalities on the brink of collapse, and so the list goes on. Heard about the youth day celebration that cost R100 million? Mmmm… did you pay for it? Oh yes sir/madam you did! R100 million that could have paid for a couple of things our country needed more. And to put the numbers in perspective: The next time you hear an SA politician use the word ‘billion’in a casual manner, think about whether you wanted the ‘politicians’ spending YOUR tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its press releases: A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959. B.. A billion minutes ago Jesus was born in Bethlehem. C. A billion Rand ago was only 27 hours and 12 minutes at the rate our SA government is squandering it (over a billion rand a day??!!) Building Permit Tax Cigarette Tax Corporation Tax Income Tax Value Added Tax Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel License Tax Petrol/Diesel Tax Hunting License Tax Luxury Tax Property Tax Service charge taxes Capital gains Tax Social Security Tax Securities Transfer Tax Road Usage Tax Local Tax Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Worker’s Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Hardly any of these taxes existed 20 years ago… And our nation was one of the most prosperous in Africa. We had absolutely no national debt… What happened ? ANSWER : Look at the Government…..and who is ‘running’ the country…. INTO THE GROUND – on YOUR and MY ‘billions’!!! We hope this goes around at least a billion times.


February 26, 2013


Just a brief thought based on the recent events. Public Servants (Councillors) did not pay their water and electricity bills to an accumulated amount of over R250 000. Did their lights and water get cut off or were they still provided with the service?
When public servants (councillors) commented on their view about the Manase Audit report, many of them chose to sign the non-disclosure agreement for fear of them being dismissed for disclosing public information. So, are we as citizens and tax payers not so important when public servants are concerned more about their pockets than the public they ‘serve’…

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Open Letter…

December 12, 2012


I am sharing this with you based on my experience with the school and the response received from the staff when we tried to address a few concerns we encounted with the school.

Open letter to the Principal

Choose Carefully…part1

November 21, 2012

This post is being written after much discussion with a few people and while in consutation and dispute.

Life is not how it use to be, simple, care-free and fun. With all the technology, information and other responsibilities come a host of challenges as well.

Schools are institutions of learning and although not the only places they are fundamental in your junior years (actually the first seven years of your life). This foundational platform that is laid will determine how you cope, adopt and adjust with your schooling years. Not only is this ‘conditioning’ done in a physical sense but there is huge impact on a childs psychological and emotional state of being. This is evident by watching a childs reaction when they achieve or master a task which we will call simple, yet to them will be very complex.

Relationships also play an important part in ensuring children have a well rounded education. as it has been mentioned in the begining of this post that this is being done in the midst of a dispute. The dispute is between parents and a school.

If there was ever a time relationships need to be good is just there, educators, management teams and parents make for good wholistic education for children. When the quality of the teaching practice is found to be of a substandard, the parents are a little wiser and the management team become arrogant, then there is a need for concern.

Parents I would like to urge you to consider your chose of school for your children carefully. Independent/ private schools need to make their board of directors known to the customer…yes you are a customer…you are paying for a service. What they fail to realise as the service provider is that you are also a shareholder as their salary is dependent on your child being at that school.

You are also being urged parents to cross reference information, look at children in government school and see what is their level of work standard to the one your child is receiving. The saying will always stand, ‘In the land of the blind the man with one eye is king.’ Also educate yourself about some of the policies and regulation and make sure you look at your childs work when they do homework.

I am in a dispute with a school my son attends, and the issue is based on principle. Gate-keepers are not always right and usually are more defensive when they are aware that they will be found to be wrong. I am not ashamed to exercise my democractic right to expose mal-practice and injustices especially at the extent of the consumer and when children are being prejudiced.

More about this in part 2…

Stop South Africa’s Secrecy Bill!

May 30, 2011


Thousands of people across South Africa have united against the proposed Protection of Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill) being discussed in Parliament, which threatens to drag South Africa back to apartheid-era secrecy and undermine community struggles for access to information. Despite months of public outcry from a wide spectrum of civil society organisations, political parties and ordinary citizens, MPs of the ruling party seem determined to finalise the Bill by 24 June with many of its draconian provisions intact!


The Right2Know Campaign calls on all those who object to the passing of the Secrecy Bill in its current form to make their collective and individual voices heard now by signing this petition!

Let the truth be told

Stop South Africa’s Secrecy Bill!

A responsive and accountable democracy that can meet the basic needs of our people is built upon transparency and the free flow of information. The gains of South Africans’ struggle for freedom are threatened by the Protection of Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill) currently before Parliament. We accept the need to replace apartheid-era secrecy legislation. However, this Bill extends the veil of secrecy in a manner reminiscent of that same apartheid past. This Bill fundamentally undermines the struggle for whistleblower protection and access to information. It is one of a number of proposed measures which could have the combined effect of fundamentally undermining the right to access information and the freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution.


The Bill will create a society of secrets

  • Any state agency, government department, even a parastatal and your local municipality, would be able to classify public information as secret. Over 1000 institutions would be granted this power.
  • The definitions of ‘national security’ remain vague and open to abuse. Even ordinary information relating to service delivery can become secret. Officials do not need to provide reasons for making information secret
  • Anyone involved in the ‘unauthorized’ disclosure of classified information can be prosecuted; not just the state official who leaks information.
  • The disclosure even of some information which is not formally classified can land citizens in jail. This will lead to self-censorship and have a chilling effect on free speech.
  • Whistleblowers and journalists could face harsh prison sentences for releasing classified information in the public interest; they would spend more time in prison than officials who deliberately conceal public information that should be disclosed. Even the leaking of secret information in the public interest is criminalised.
  • A complete veil is drawn over the workings of the intelligence services. It will prevent public scrutiny of our spies should they abuse their power or breach human rights.


Our demands:

The Constitution demands accountable, open and responsive government, realised among other things through freedom of expression and access to information. Our elected representatives are bound by these Constitutional values and any legislation they pass must comply. Furthermore, we recognise that the Protection of Information Bill is a symptom and symbol of an existing climate of secrecy facing South African communities today: ordinary South Africans struggle to access information that is relevant to their livelihoods. We demand that the Protection of Information Bill – the Secrecy Bill – must reflect the following:


  1. The Bill should apply only to core state bodies in the security sector such as the police, defence and intelligence agencies.
  1. Even then, the Bill’s powers must be limited to strictly-defined national security matters and no more. Officials must give reasons for making information secret.
  1. Do not exempt the intelligence agencies from public scrutiny.
  1. Do not apply penalties for unauthorised disclosure to society at large, only those responsible for keeping secrets.
  1. Do not criminalise whistleblowers and journalists: the Bill must protect those who release classified information if that information is in the public interest.
  1. An independent body appointed by Parliament, and not the Minister of State Security, should be able to review decisions about what may be made secret.


Any law that doesn’t meet these demands is unconstitutional and must be scrapped!

 To sign this petition, visit or fill in your details below:


First Name Surname Email address Phone Signature

Please return to Tinashe Njanji by 10 June 2011: or 0214617211

Right2Know calls for new period of action on Secrecy Bill

May 26, 2011

Right2Know calls for new period of action on Secrecy Bill
26 May 2011
The decision by ANC MPs on Parliament’s ad-hoc committee to vote on clauses of the Secrecy Bill on Tuesday confirms that the ruling party is willing to use its majority on the committee to steamroll a range of unresolved problems with the Bill (see outstanding demands below). Despite months of public outcry from a wide spectrum of civil society organisations, political parties and ordinary citizens and stalled debate in the committee room, MPs have failed to reduce in any meaningful way the Secrecy Bill’s draconian provisions. Indeed, ANC MPs seem determined to finalise the Bill by June 24 using any means necessary, including ramming it through via clause-by-clause voting.

What yesterday’s events confirm is that the ANC position on the Secrecy Bill has hardened. As a result, its MPs have reneged on a number of concessions made in recent months to reduce the Bill’s powers.

On Tuesday the chair of the committee, Cecil Burgess, allowed state law advisors to table a version of the Bill which does not include the concessions made in a previous draft tabled by the ANC. This version of the Bill will introduce wide powers for the state to classify information at every level, and will have no independent oversight, or proper whistleblower protection. In doing so, Burgess and other ANC MPs on the committee have negated a number of gains made in narrowing the Bill’s discretions, reversing what progress had been made in aligning the Bill with constitutional provisions around the rights of freedom of expression and access to information.

This is a struggle that is bigger than political affiliation. The Secrecy Bill will affect us all!

The Right2Know Campaign is calling for a new period of action to stop the Secrecy Bill.  We call on all those who are seriously concerned by this turn of events to make their collective and individual voices heard now. In the coming days, as MPs meet in Parliament to finalise the Secrecy Bill, R2K working groups will join together to develop plans to ratchet up the pressure to halt this regressive piece of legislation that threatens to take our country back to the dark days of secrecy. The ANC must abandon its efforts to pass the Bill in its current form and withdraw the Bill to be redrafted from scratch, with proper public consultation. We will spread the message across the country and the globe:  Stop the Secrecy Bill! Let the truth be told!

For comment please contact:

Dale McKinley
R2K Gauteng spokesperson
072 429 4086 and

Judith February
R2K Western Cape spokesperson
083 453 9817 and

Quinton Kippen
R2K KwaZulu Natal spokesperson
083 871 7549 and

Murray Hunter
R2K National coordinator
072 672 5468 and
R2K demands:
When the Right2Know launched on 31 August 2011, we tabled the ‘7 Point Freedom Test’, a list of demands that must be met by any law governing state secrecy. So far only one has been addressed:

1.      Limit secrecy to core state bodies in the security sector such as the police, defence and intelligence agencies.

2.      Limit secrecy to strictly-defined national security matters and no more. Officials must give reasons for making information secret.

3.      Exclude commercial information from this Bill.

4.      Do not exempt the intelligence agencies from public scrutiny.

5.      Do not apply penalties for unauthorised disclosure to society at large, only those responsible for keeping secrets.

6.      An independent body appointed by Parliament, and not the Minister of State Security, should be the arbiter of decisions about what may be made secret.

7.      Do not criminalise the legitimate disclosure of secrets in the public interest.

Any law that doesn’t meet these demands is unconstitutional and must be scrapped!