ANCYL disrupts De Lille speech

2013-06-05 07:12
Patricia de Lille (File, Sapa)

Patricia de Lille (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town accused the ANC Youth League of disrupting a public meeting in Kosovo, Philippi on Tuesday night.

"This is clearly part of their ongoing ungovernability campaign," said Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille's spokesperson Solly Malatsi.

Malatsi said a group led by a man dressed in African National Congress Youth League attire started shouting and causing a disturbance just as De Lille was about to address the meeting.

He said the group grew so rowdy that the mayor had to abandon her speech. The police escorted the man out of the building.

Malatsi said this "orchestrated programme of disruption" had not stopped the City from sharing vital service delivery related information with the community.

He said the City resolved to distribute pamphlets as part of the 'Know your community, know your contractor' campaign, which aimed to help them bring contractors to account for sanitation and solid waste services in the area.

"They [the ANCYL] can rest assured their destructive mission will not succeed, nor deter the city from delivering the highest possible services to all residents," he said.

The ANCYL was not immediately available for comment.

Media briefing

Meanwhile, De Lille was expected to brief the media on Wednesday on sanitation related issues in Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town said the briefing formed part of its commitment to transparency and the provision of quality services to all citizens.

De Lille was expected to provide an update on the City's roll-out of portable flush toilets.

She would also detail the monitoring mechanisms the city has in place to "ensure that we provide highest possible level of sanitation services".

De Lille said last month that some residents of Cape Town's informal settlements preferred using bucket toilets, but that officials would roll-out as many portable flush toilets as possible.

She said in a statement that some community members had indicated their preference for continued use of the bucket system.

"The reality is that in some instances communities have rejected the use of PFTs [portable flush toilets] for a range of reasons. This is regrettable as... it is often the only available toilet technology for a community."

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