I am open to constructive criticism - De Lille

2015-08-27 16:57
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Minister of finance told SA's mayors there is no money to support cities - Patricia de Lille

2015-08-27 13:25

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Cape Town - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is open to constructive criticism on the way her city is run.

"I am mature enough to accept any criticism and I always say publicly that we will never claim to know all the answers to all the challenges that we face," she told News24 in a sit-down interview at her office on Wednesday.

"But when you criticise, come forward and propose some solutions."

She said a sore point for national government is that its own monitoring and evaluation had shown that her city was the best run metro in the country.

Complaints that the city was racist had emerged only when the Democratic Alliance had taken over the reins, she said.

"I would say there is a lot of jealousy."

Answering questions in the National Assembly in March, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly said local leaders should actively fight racism in the province.

He said his friends had tried to get flats and book into hotels in the province and were blocked on the basis of their race, according to the SA government news agency.

At the time, De Lille said there was a city campaign which addressed these very incidents and asked Ramaphosa for evidence so she could follow up.

"I would be the first to accept we are the best-run but there are still major, major challenges we face on a daily basis," she told New24.

"Cape Town, like all other cities around the country, has to deal with the backlog of the past."

She said she normally took attacks on the city and its leadership in her stride. However, she chose to ignore "armchair or social media activists".

"I know that the truth will always survive. And whatever they throw at us, if it is not the truth, it will not survive.

"I will remain focused to ... make this great city even greater."

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