CAPE TOWN Mostly sunny. Cool.

MIN12
MAX16
7 day
  • Thursday 13-17°c Partly cloudy. Mild. Partly cloudy. Mild.
    Friday 14-19°c More sun than clouds. Mild. More sun than clouds. Mild.
    Saturday 13-20°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Sunday 14-23°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Monday 17-23°c High level clouds. Mild. High level clouds. Mild.
    Tuesday 17-23°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

De Lille hits out at the 'DA anti-poor myth’

2016-05-10 16:22
Patricia de Lille
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille launches party manifesto for the city. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Cape Town – The DA in Cape Town cares about the poor and uses money from rich residents to cross-subsidise basic services, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday.

"Ignorance and stupidity" perpetuated the myth that local government gave better services to those in private houses, she said at the release of the DA’s Cape Town election manifesto.

"The fact is that we are charging the rich people to live in their houses. We charge them up to R30 000 a month to live in their houses on the Atlantic Seaboard and we then use that money to cross-subsidise services to the poor," she said.

Those who were involved in the anti-apartheid struggle, like De Lille herself, knew that leaders long before 1994 were responsible for building far-flung areas in Cape Town for certain people, she said.

Past addressed after 1994

"Who today thinks that the DA government would be so stupid to put more money in Constantia. Why must we do that? They have got everything. In fact, they don’t even want street lights. They want to live in the dark," she said.

De Lille said she had to phone a security company one day to help get her out after being lost in the dark.

This was in reference to a belief that many residents had about street lighting detracting from Constantia’s rural character. 

Not losing a beat, De Lille said imbalances of the past could only start to be addressed after 1994.

"So be careful when you attack us. Look at the fine print and you will see the city is busy transforming," she said after referring to a number of city initiatives.

Lot of hot air

The mayor, who is standing for re-election, also took a dig at suspended provincial ANC chairperson Marius Fransman.

"It is because the person who has been perpetuating this lie, his party didn’t even see fit to bring him back because he made the same speech for five years," she said.

He was suspended after a young woman accused him of sexual harassment earlier this year.

De Lille believed the ANC was undermining its voters by not having a plan and "trying to turn every incident into a racial incident".

She said she was prepared to talk and debate if the ANC could match what the DA was doing.

"But in the absence of such a plan, it is just a lot of hot air that is coming out and I will hope they will learn from the mistakes they made in the previous election."

Read more on: da  |  patricia de lille  |  cape town  |  politics  |  local elections 2016

More In This Category
IEC announces by-election date

The IEC has announced a date for municipal ward by-elections.

ANC Limpopo urges party to rebuild, dismisses early conference talk

The ANC in Limpopo has vowed to reform itself and has urged branches to focus on rebuilding instead of holding an early special conference or consultative conference.

3 more arrests for slain DA councillor, partner

Three more people have appeared in court in connection with the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, the Northern Cape Hawks have said.

ANC 'colluding' MEC in hung councils hits back at IFP

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has hit back at the Inkatha Freedom Party which has accused her of working with the ANC to stall processes in hung municipalities.

News24 |   OLX  |  PROPERTY24  |  CAREERS24  |  SPREE  |