DA: Poverty Cape's greatest challenge

2011-04-02 16:31

Cape Town - The greatest challenge the city of Cape Town still faced was poverty, Democratic Alliance (DA) mayoral candidate Patricia de Lille said on Saturday during an election campaign launch in Belhar.

"Poverty alleviation must come in the form of making sure that everyone who needs help gets it," she said. "The DA could never defeat poverty completely in five years.

"Our history of inequality and oppression will take a long time to fix," she said in a statement.

However, de Lille said, she could confirm that their approach was working.

"Poverty knows no political affiliation. When you are poor you are poor. We need to take the politics out of poverty. We need to always deliver to poor people no matter who they voted for," she said.

"In this election year and all years, we want to serve you. We do not take your vote for granted.

"If you lend us your vote, we will continue to serve you each and every day, de Lille said.

Meanwhile, in Mpumalanga's Mataffin another DA rally was allegedly disrupted by African National Congress (ANC) members who blockaded the road on which the campaigning was taking place, party spokesperson Anthony Benadie said.

"We are disgusted at the ANC’s intolerance of other political parties’ right to campaign, rightfully they are very scared," Benadie said in a statement.

He said the ANC did not care for the people of Mataffin, "who despite living on the doorstep of the multi-million rand 2010 soccer stadium do not have access to clean water, sewage services, housing or electricity".

The DA would never be intimidated by ANC ranting, he said.

"If they want to be deserving of the peoples' vote, they must deliver water, electricity and decent housing."

Benadie said the DA would continue to take over ANC strongholds where they have failed to deliver to the people.

Despite the disruption, the DA reported that the people of Mataffin welcomed party candidate Hitler Mashile as a "sign of recognition that the DA [was] sensitive to the issues of communities and [was] serious on delivering services".

  • POLLENYS - 2011-04-02 16:50

    And how do you overcome poverty? With education. Not with the kind of gangsterism and drugs so prevalent in the schools of Mitchells Plain. Neither with cheap Chinese imports killing the Cape's traditional clothing industry.

      Debra - 2011-04-02 20:21

      a good education has become too expensive.our proudly south african products overpriced.greed should be tamed.

  • ?? - 2011-04-02 17:06

    You cannot remove gangsterism and drug smuggling,but u can contain it,and nobody,not the metro,not the provincial nor national governments are doing anything about it. Anyone can do a better job than the ANC,but once this gets achieved which is possible within 5 years,what is the DA or anyone else going to do about this drugs and gangsterism plague? Are they even interested? Why are these white owned firms employing migrant ANC supporters from the eastern cape and preventing many coloured people from getting work? Seems to me that the DA is more concerned about taking ANC strongholds than about tackling problems which leads to drug smuggling,drug use and gangsterism.The community cannot do this by themselves without proper policing. All these politicians are useless i tell ya.

      otiose - 2011-04-02 17:36

      That's one of the most pointless comments I've ever seen. What are you even trying to say? Which province does best in education statistics? Which metropolis has the biggest drop in crime rate? And not only the Western Cape, the DA is doing brilliantly in every munic they get elected to. You seem to be even more useless than the politicians!

      ?? - 2011-04-02 17:50

      Listen here, The western cape has a high literacy rate,because of historical factors,thats why each year,the western cape is either number#1 or #2 when it comes to matric pass rates. Today gangesterism is still a problem,a huge problem.teachers are afraid to go to school to teach because of these thugs and nobody gives a dayum,not the national party when they goverened the province,not the ANC,not the DA. Keep your uneducated comments to yourself as you probably live behind high walls and electric fencing,totally oblivious to the real world out there.

      POLLENYS - 2011-04-02 19:47

      The community cannot do this by themselves without proper policing. ===== Any idea how the gansgsters are protected from within - because they also look after the poor. Check how popular this Beeka character was in the Cape Flats.

      jwill - 2011-04-03 08:21

      Politics can never replace an individual's own sense of ownership and responsibility.

  • tommy 2 - 2011-04-02 17:31

    Oh,we only realise poverty during elections. The poverty did not just appear within a couple of years,it should have been ADDRESSED 17 years ago.(politicians and there bullshit) Here is a simple stratigy used by the DA,AND ANC.... When it is time for elections,lets address issues that we know that have effected our communities for years but we ultimately know in the depths of our hearts we will do F..K ALL about.

      ?? - 2011-04-02 17:38

      Exactly what im saying above

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-04-02 20:47

      For once I agree with you. Your not a troll after all.

      Just Greg - 2011-04-04 08:50

      The educated masses are expressing their dissatisfaction with the ANC, many have professed to being loyal ANC supporters, but now given the choice, and reading the reports on how the DA run municipalities and then compare them to their own the choice is easy ! This happens when one is educated, one is able to reason and use logic and see things as they truly are and use their better judgement. The New South Africa shall soon arise, you all are just suffering from growing pains and after 17 years of witnessing corruption and crumbling of infrastructure, I think ya'll are ready for a change because of the educated middle class, regardless of color. It took time here in the USA, but we now have a Black President and so many, many inspirational people of color in our history who have changed and shaped my beautiful country, South Africa shall rise and truly be the Rainbow Nation Madiba envisioned for you all...One thing about you folks, you are some proud, proud people, as you should be : )

  • Orosman - 2011-04-02 18:30

    No one that writes on this comment page is rich. So that means we are all in the same boat. so, regards of political views we should all be ensuring that the have nots get food in their tummies, A roof over their head. going to school does not necessay make one smart. One can learn like parrot but that means zip if one cannot use their hands. Many many illiterate people have fantastic skills

      POLLENYS - 2011-04-02 19:49

      If you can't do the three R's you're only good for menial work. You can't even pack supermarket shelves without such knowledge.

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-02 19:59

      What r the 3r's? Rob, ransack and run away?

  • Debra - 2011-04-02 20:17

    Education is vital to rid us of poverty. Something must be done to control exhorbatant fees!!!!! Drugs is a huge social ill. If you understand addiction, money & bulk of programmes must be invested into the families of addicts who have gracefully released the addict & now have to recover from the chaos caused by the addict. Job creation is an issue which requires serious action. We have wonderful laws, try accessing them.Either the red tape will kill you or the cost.

  • n2o - 2011-04-02 20:41

    It's no secret that the ANC govt. has failed the south african citizen in most fronts thus giving parties like the DA arsenal to use towords their election campaign(s). Writing as a non ANC or DA supporter, I have been researching more about the DA and I just have a few questions regarding some of the DA's policies of governance? 1. What is their strategy of alleviating poverty? Talking about the need to remove poverty alone is just not going to cut it -We've heard that kind of talk before. We need solution talk now. 2. The DA talks about eliminating AA & BEE as they have failed as policies. What is their alternative in making sure the past imbalances, which still exists are corrected. In my opinion, I believe the true test of good governance by any party is measured by how well they improve the lives of the poor and living conditions in previously disadvantaged communities, because these are one of the biggest issues this govt. is dealing with now and are failing miserably at it. I know because I grew up in the township and where I live, nothing has changed.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-04-02 21:21

      Instead of worrying about correcting the imbalances of the past, why not concentrate on creating more opportunities in the present and future? Why does someone have to be pushed down to allow someone else to be lifted up? The DA is correct. We should get rid of AA & BEE. In fact we should never have implemented it to begin with. Do you have any idea how much money in redirected foreign direct investment those idiotic policies have cost us? How many lost opportunities have slipped us by because of it? The past is a heavy burden to carry. Let go of it and lighten your load. Show the rest of the world that we are not about vengeance but about love.

      n2o - 2011-04-02 23:54

      @Steve Thank you for your response. You make some interesting points, which are sound and thought provoking. First off, I totally agree with the notion of creating equal opportunities for all. A belief which we should all strive for as a country. But are we really equal? Under the constitution of the land, yes we are! Economically, not quite! Simply ignoring this would prove detrimental. Yes, the burden of the past is heavy, but the burden we will have if we avoid this elephant in the room will be huge. So that is why the scales need to be balanced. It is when we are truly equal that we can expound on such concepts and ideals. BEE up until now has only been restricted to politicians, their families and a very elite few. So I second the need for an overhaul of that entire policy. Lastly, this is a true testimony. I work for a very prestigious company in the financial industry and I am the first non-white candidate in our team ever. Now how many companies are there that haven't transformed still? I believe if it wasn't for AA - despite my impressive qualifications and experience - I wouldn't have had that opportunity, because even now, the corporate preference in RSA is white candidates. So in my opinion AA isn't intended to replace anyone, but to change the bias preferences that exist in corporate RSA. If it's used to meet other ends, then shame on those who manipulate and rig its hand.

      Bobs - 2011-04-03 11:39

      Hi n2o. I am a 38yr white South African and took a stand stand against supporting the immoral apartheid Government - which I have served my time for. I have no regrets about doing so, but it feels like the old racist NP is coming back to life in the ANC with a new power base of black voters. I agree that the ANC probably has one of the best party manifesto's and equality declarations on paper. But the real character of the party is in their actions. I'm voting with my head, I stood up against tyranny before and I will do so again. AA nd BEE are great vehicles for addressing imbalance, but they should have been deployed in a younger generation of learners who had the chance to benefit from better education. Replacing knowledgeable and experienced people in the service industry has been ill advised and destructive, and smacks of willful pride. In AA's true form, if two or more applicants apply for a job, and have the right skills and qualifications, then being black is the tie breaker. This is how it was designed to work - and if it had been carried out this way, then in all probabiltity the ANC would have been much closer by now to meeting thier service delivery objectives. But unfortunately in it's current incarnation, the best qualified for the job is NOT the deciding factor, and skin colour is 90% of what the ANC is looking for. I think we are lucky so far that the financial sector has not applied BE or AA in the same way that the ANC wants them to! This year I'm voting DA.

  • Shadango7 - 2011-04-03 01:05

    Yes, but why on Weekend Argus did it say they want to spend "billions" on the city establishing a 24hr entertainment zone and CASINO by the waterfront!!?!?! OK revamping valkenburg and a new medical centre sounds good but some of the other B.S they want to do sounds like a waste. Come on DA, seriously

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