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These are actual texts from a DA councillor in Jozi’s northern suburbs

From the look of these text messages (which we’ve redacted) you’d think this councillor inhabits a parallel universe. Alas, it’s only a small, affluent pocket of Johannesburg. And it says something about how terrible ward councillors generally are at communicating with their communities, that this kind of communication between councillor and community is actually quite rare. By the way, this is a small selection of the rather more interesting messages sent by the councillor. These messages do show a rather curious take on the job of a councillor. 

We begin with this message from March 2015.

Look, we’re all about cutting carbon footprints, and driving around Jozi to print documents sounds like it’s harsh on the environment, never mind a nuisance. Fortunately, this industrious public servant has marshalled the petition-signing powers of the ward to move the printer to his home.

DA 1

Who uses the cycling lanes? This councillor does! Or, he wants to. Please buy him an electric bike. Kthnxbye. (Editor’s note: It has been brought to our attention that the councillor suffers from a leg injury and thus the need for an electric bike.)

DA message 2

Now remember kids, always ignore the car guards. They’ll steal your car. Or get you in trouble with the JMPD.

DA 3

So, before we get ahead of ourselves reflecting on the profile of the typical DA voter in Jozi’s northern suburbs, here’s the councillor’s own take on who ANC voters are. According to the wisdom received in the blue house, ANC voters in Johannesburg don’t pay for basic services. 😐DA 5Want to spread Yuletide cheer and give to those who do you a service all year round? Please don’t.

DA 6Parks Tau, for those of you who don’t know, is the mayor of this great city. And he is a really bad guy, according to DA councillor. Everything is his fault. Everything. Blame it on him.

DA 7

Garbage piling up? No one is better equipped to deal with the Pikitup protests than DA mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba – yup, the same guy who said that poor people cannot be leaders.

DA 8

Straight from DA Councillor’s mouth – we couldn’t make this stuff up even if we tried.

Featured image by Ihsaan Haffejee

How does your ward councillor communicate with you, if at all? Tweet us @thedailyvox or tell us in the comments!

18 Comments
  1. Martin says

    Good day,

    With regard to this article, I would suggest you actually check which planet you are on.

    If you had any idea what Tim Truluck actually does for his community you would retract this article and apologise to him for your inane comments.

    Contact him and communicate and you will find out who he really is. The wealth of knowledge that he imparts without any recompense or issue will make you eat your words.

    If all councilors were as committed and hard working as him (instead of only being seen at election time like mine) then this country would be a much better place.

    Unfortunately “journalistic” articles with misplaced and out of context quotes and maligned opinions are the very reason I have stopped reading many newspapers.

    I fear the day that your “journalistic” endeavors are released onto the wider world.

  2. George says

    Written out of ignorance.
    I live in the ward of the above “charlatan”, and am grateful for all he does for us.

  3. Jonathan says

    I found your article quite interesting: the truth is that this ward councillor DOES function at a very low emotional IQ-level (his use of teenage language; his defensive attitude when challenged and his tendency to literally run away, when cornered). He is somewhat popular amongst constituents because he makes out that he escalates relatively minor problems, such as utility cut-offs, etc., all of which could be perceived as being helpful. HOWEVER, he appears to be unable to think at a strategic-level, often ignoring the material challenges of the ward and preferring to focus on the easy, resolvable challenges. Often, his tweets or posts will be opportunistic, taking advantage of solutions already provided by the ANC council and always, without fail, he will focus on relaying the problem without providing a solution. His advice is often unsound. I was disappointed to learn that the DA had allowed him to stand again as our ward deserves a lot better.

    1. Tyla says

      What is a emotional IQ Mr. High IQ? Are you maybe referring to an EQ?

      1. Marc says

        So dumb he doesn’t understand the difference between the two!

    2. Marc says

      Pathetic idiot. Like you could do any better. What a waste of air.

  4. Melanie says

    You, sweetheart, are an ass. Our ward councillor actually gets things done. Because he is with a party that actually gives a damn. Such shoddy journalism yet again just going for the ‘thrill’. Going to grow up sometime?

    1. Marc says

      Agreed. Thanks melanie. Typical!

  5. Marc says

    You stupid idiot Jonathan. And what ever ass wrote this dumb pathetic article. Typical of the kind of anc loving trash that we have living g among us.

  6. Tyla says

    No future as a journalist if she writes poorly researched articles like this with clearly no idea what is going on. Then again it’s pretty much acceptable these days for government and just anyone to now know what they doing in this country…follow thy leaders…

  7. Irene says

    I don’t normally jump into the fray on these things, but I have to very strongly disagree with the tone in which you have presented this article!
    This councilor isn’t even my ward’s councilor, and yet, if I ever need information or have a problem, I ask him first. He is one of the most involved, caring councilors I have seen, along with Greenside’s Amanda Forsythe. My ward’s councilor is ok, but stays far more in the background and is not nearly as involved and pro-active as these two people.
    I see you did a little edit regarding the electic bike; I guess someone told you off.
    Yes. this guy was flat on his back for months after some really harsh knee surgeries. And yet he still tries so hard to move around his ward to inspect and assist; he COULD have asked for an assistant to do the work or someone to drive him around. I imagine a bike is by far the cheapest option here, that still allows him independant movement!
    Perhaps you should research each message that you have mocked a little further as well?

  8. Irene says

    Dear “journalist”. May I suggest that you go to the “I love Parkhurst” page and see the response to your article? IF you are a member. Otherwise, ask someone who is, to show you.

  9. Susan says

    What an uninformed and biased article. Absolute balderdash. I am afraid that you have made a fool of yourself. Tim Truluck’s popularity speaks for itself

  10. Kate says

    So happy to have this amazing councillor. …if only all politicians were this blunt, honest and ultimately informed and helpful.
    This article gives not context to the incredible knowledge he shows and hard work he provides. All items requested would be for whom ever is elected to the position and not only for him personally. His crowd funding is innovative and the fact that people were willing to contribute gladly, a testament to the incredible work he does daily.

  11. Resident says

    ANC racist claptrap
    Aaishais obviously hoping to get a job with one of this councillor’s residents – the Guptas. Or maybe she should be covering Nkandla

    If this is the best the ANC can do (imagine being surprised that Parks Tau, who created the billing crisis-what-crisis) isn’t praised to heavem

    Now, tell us how much the councillor has taken from the public purse (rates, taxes, e-tolls and the like) and then explain why it’s halaal to tell people to “invest in the ANC so your business will prosper”, to use council stationery to solicit party funding, or to invite business people to ANN& breakfasts to network with cabinet ministers and other crooks but not haraam to ask a private mailing list for contributions.

  12. Anni Wakerley says

    Total bullshit. Look at the many councillors who do NOTHING for their ward, not Tim Truluck, who works hard for his. Pathetic ANC propaganda.

  13. Sue says

    This is desperate “journalism”, Daily Vox. It’s not even undergrad level humour, which would at least excuse it.

  14. Zuber says

    Wow – utterly shocked and disgusted by this gutter journalism.

    Is this how DV plans to increase readership…going the Daily Sun-route of tabloid journalism?

    Wow – has DV been given the mandate for ANC to campaign for local elections?

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