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Cape Town needs leadership - De Lille

2012-08-29 19:37

Johannesburg - The City of Cape Town needs leadership and not violent confrontations, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday.

"... the failure to contain anger and channel it democratically is also a failure of leadership which local government is meant to provide," she said in a speech prepared for delivery.

De Lille was referring to violent service delivery protests in parts of the city including Khayelitsha.

On Monday, the Cape Times reported that 350 residents of the BM Section took to the streets to protest over houses and sanitation, forcing the closure of a section of the N2 highway.

One man was killed during the protest. Police were unsure if he was hit by a truck or if he was attacked.

A toddler Nhlanhla Ngalo was struck by an out-of-control bus that crashed through the walls of his home during a protest in the same area at the end of July. The 20-month-old died three weeks later.

His death was the fourth resulting from the service delivery protest, the newspaper said.

The bus driver, Sandile Hoko, lost control of the vehicle after being stoned by protesters. He died, and another shack-dweller was injured and later died.

De Lille explained that reallocated money for services that had been destroyed affected other services.

"For all of our redistribution, for all of our budget allocations, there is only so much money at our disposal," she said.

"When we have to reallocate money for services that have been destroyed, we are taking money away from other services. That money is not replaced."

The poor communities suffered the most because of this.

She asked that citizens not break what was provided to them as it would have an effect on them.

"Budgeting with public finances, allocating money to repairs - these are all long exercises," she said.

"So when we have to wait to repair R20m worth of damage to roads and traffic lights, the wait affects those communities and those people who need those facilities to safely go about their lives."

Comments
  • okonkwo7 - 2012-08-29 20:18

    The whole country needs leaders

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-29 20:35

    Should Tony Ehrenreich be jailed before he moves into his new +R300million Camps Bay 3 bedroom property, built apparently by another slut.

  • amanda - 2012-08-29 20:54

    Patricia unfortunately you are fighting a losing battle. The people who relocated to the Western Cape will only become more militant under the guidance from the ANCYL. They promised to make the Western Cape ungovernable and so it is coming to pass. Time to close the borders to the ungratefulls. We are full up here. There is no more room! The situation is already untenable.

  • amanda - 2012-08-29 20:59

    Speak to the people who have lived in the Western Cape for years. Ask them how they feel about the refugees pouring in. The housing they applied for years ago just keeps going around in circles.!

      stanton.clarke - 2012-08-29 22:30

      Amen. The people on waiting lists are still living in "Wendy Houses", waiting patiently for their housing needs to be addressed.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-30 01:26

      We should just take up arms and fight for an independent state.

  • andile.vabasa - 2012-08-29 21:44

    I don't get what the issue with Zille is? Did she not fight against the apartheid government while Malema was running around in diapers. It is one thing to have fought the apartheid government if you were black and something entirely different if you were white. If places were reversed would you have done the same. I am surprised white people even still vote for her after that. Just a thought...

      Adil Smit - 2012-08-29 22:48

      The majority of white people voted yes when there was a referendum asking whether things in the country should change i.e. whether apartheid should come to an end. So yes Helen Zille was a brave journalist that broke the Steve Biko story and fought the apartheid government. And today she's still brave and not afraid to speak out against injustice. And the majority of white voters vote DA and not more right-wing because they believe it's better for the country. Democracy is about voting for what you belief in and not skin colour?

      george.gervais.7 - 2012-08-30 03:19

      And all the 'ja stemmers' are getting exactly what they voted for. Enjoy your new South Africa.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-30 01:20

    We should condone peaceful protest, but should not condone the destruction of our city by outsiders. The ANCYL disrespect the choices that the majority of Western Capers made at the ballot box in 1999. You don't hear of the Opposition threatens on making Gauteng or any other ANC run city or municipality ungovernable. The ANCYL disrespect the choice of the majority of the province's electorate. We need to act now. These thugs don't see us and they don't give a s

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-30 06:22

      *2009

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-30 02:14

    I agree with De Lille, we are the only country where we burn the trains down if they are late and destroy the little we have. This kind of behaviour was created by the ANC its being propagated by the ANCYL and sum body usually the faceless TAX payer have to fit the bill, well I say stuff them, they can pay for their own uplifting and if they destroy it then its tuff.

      andile.vabasa - 2012-09-02 17:02

      I agree, I am tired of paying a large portion of my money to tax so that those "less fortunate" can get free hand outs. By all means use the money to help those who want to get somewhere get on their feet but then there are those who just want want want and never want to give give give or work work work! It is a tough economy and a thousand or two off a tax payers salary really makes it so much more difficult to save with all the other "hidden tax" as well (car license, toll gates, property, VAT), the ANC takes half your damn money so Zuma and Julius can live in luxuary!

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