ANC stops help to poor - De Lille

2013-05-01 21:16
A Constitutional Court ruling holding trade union Satawu liable for a riot damage claim has been hailed by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. (File, Sapa)

A Constitutional Court ruling holding trade union Satawu liable for a riot damage claim has been hailed by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Every time the DA proposes a policy to help the poor and unemployed, it is opposed by the ruling ANC, Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille said on Wednesday.

"We were opposed in the city [Cape Town] by an ANC caucus that unanimously voted against [progressive programmes]," De Lille said in a speech prepared for delivery at a Workers' Day event in Galeshewe near Kimberley, Northern Cape.

"Tony Ehrenreich... the provincial secretary of Cosatu [Congress of SA Trade Unions] and ANC leader in the city led his caucus to oppose these programmes."

De Lille accused Ehrenreich and other African National Congress leaders of placing their personal interests first.

"He [Ehrenreich] like many other supposed leaders of workers, is subject to business and political interests that are in direct conflict with the interests of the working class," she said.

"The ANC likes to tell people that it is the party of the unemployed and the working class. But the reality is very different."

De Lille said the DA would bring change to the Northern Cape.

"Where the DA governs we work hard to deliver opportunities for the working class to improve their lives. And we can do it right here."

Ehrenreich, responding to De Lille's comments, said the parties had different opinions on certain matters.

Courts are a waste of money

"There were two issues with the DA. The first one is in relation to the IRP bus system," he said.

"We support the bus system and we believe that it should have been rolled out in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, instead of Milernton and Bloubergstrand where people have private means of transport. We need to focus on areas in need."

The ANC Western Cape leader said while the ANC and Cosatu agreed with the DA's opposition to proposed e-tolls within the Western Cape, a public campaign should be waged instead of approaching the courts.

Ehrenriech said that the courts were a waste of money with lawyers being the only people who benefit from such action.

He said during the farmworkers strike, the DA spoke to farmers while the ANC and Cosatu spoke to farmworkers.

De Lille, Ehrenriech said, had accepted political office and political expediency over the interests of the poor and the working class.

Democratic Alliance federal chair Wilmot James criticised Cosatu in a statement on Wednesday for "shamelessly exercising its rights over the rights of children to schooling".

James was referring to the nationwide strike by the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu), where they called for the resignation of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director-general Bobby Soobrayan.

Cosatu supported the marches that took place in Pretoria and Cape Town on 24 April.

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