Hein Kaiser
Journalist
3 minute read
25 Sep 2021
9:30 am

30,000 WhatsApps a day – the life of an opposition councillor

Hein Kaiser

A legion of messages, e-mails and phone calls all count in a day’s work as an elected local government representative.

DA ward councillor in Ekurhuleni Simon Lapping. Picture: Hein Kaiser

Imagine getting 30,000 WhatsApp messages in a crisis-ridden day. That’s more than a thousand an hour, or 20 every minute. It would drive anyone insane but, says councillor Simon Lapping, a legion of messages, e-mails and phone calls all count in a day’s work as an elected local government representative. Lapping is a ward councillor for the DA as official opposition in Ekurhuleni and spokesperson on energy and water. Lapping says that 10 years ago, life as a public representative was somewhat different. “In the days before instant messaging, it was a bit slower than the frantic pace at which...