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Flood fears - Zille slams ANC

2011-07-17 19:18

Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Sunday said the poor would suffer again if flooding hit the Cape Flats this winter because the ANC and communities themselves had hampered proper disaster preparation.

"As predictable as the annual deluge, is the torrent of criticism that follows," Zille wrote in her weekly newsletter.

"If it had been possible to implement our plans, there would today be five sites ready and prepared - with full basic services and decent accommodation - to receive 1 774 families from some of the worst-affected flood zones ... But this has not happened."

The Democratic Alliance leader said that after the 2009 elections her provincial government identified five sites to accommodate flood victims.

The party managed to implement its plans with regard to only one, which sits in a DA-held ward, while in the other ANC-held wards councillors "resolutely resisted our efforts".

She said in one ANC-held ward, negotiations achieved sufficient consensus for the project to get off the ground, only to encounted further problems.

"As soon as the contractor moved onto the site, a new group, claiming it was not consulted, drove the developer off the site with threats of violence.

"The city is now spending R180 000 a day on holding costs as the developer waits, and the winter rains draw closer."

Zille said the DA had as a result failed to spend its full housing budget and now had to contend with ANC claims that it had failed to deliver, which would worsen when the rains came.

"Having prevented this expenditure by blocking the projects, the ANC now claims its voters are the victims of delivery failure.

"No doubt when the rains come, [ANC councillor] Tony Ehrenreich will call a news conference to say that if the city had spent its full housing capital budget it would have been able to avert the flooding disaster."

Comments
  • POLLENYS - 2011-07-17 19:29

    Yes, when the ANC does not run a ward into the ground they make it ungovernable. No winners here, and the poor are again the losers.

      OZNOB - 2011-07-17 20:14

      NOT ONLY ARE THEY BAD AT ADMINISTRATION THEY ARE EVEN WORSE LOSERS

  • USSA - 2011-07-17 19:29

    This is typical of the ANC. They are so afraid to be "shown-up" by Helen Zille and the DA. In the meantime, their voters suffer the consequences. Madiba...say something! Oh...I cannot hear the sound of silence.

      shiela - 2011-07-17 20:28

      Madiba is not allowed to interfere. The ANC wont allow him to say anything.He is only used as a showcase for the ANC these days.The power of his words could change a lot of things,but rest assured he will never breath them. Our only hope in changing the current ANC leaders is to replace them with one's that are educated and capable of uplifting our country and it's people. One such person in my opinion is Lindiwe Sisulu Quote: Securing our democracy has never been more urgent. We have the means to turn our challenges into opportunities and become a more inclusive, prosperous democracy where all citizens assume their rights and responsibilities. Google her and see for yourself.

      USSA - 2011-07-17 20:38

      @Sheila Thank you.

      Mordred - 2011-07-18 07:28

      YES, IT IS REALLY SAD THAT THE ONLY TIME THE ANC USE MANDELA IS WHEN THEY PROP HIM UP TO SHOW HIM AT SOME OR OTHER RALLY OR FUNCTION SOTHAT SUPPORTERS CAN SEE THAT HE STILL SUPPORTS THEM EVEN WHEN IT HAS BEEN HEARD THAT THEY THINK MANDELA IS "PAST HIS SELL BY DATE".

  • USSA - 2011-07-17 19:32

    @News24 Why is Helen Zille third in line on your main page when the article is the latest? The DA not your main focus?

      marco - 2011-07-17 20:25

      Would you rather like the DA to be the main focus and/or number one headline?Don't be so childish mate and please grow up for goodness sake.You don't own News24 so who gives you the right to dictate where the DA features on News24 pages?Get your own news forum and then you squirt out pathetic equivocations.

      USSA - 2011-07-17 20:40

      @ Marco When I want your stupid opinion, I will flush my toilet.

  • John - 2011-07-17 19:54

    The ANC doesn't know how to fix the problem and they are not going to let the DA fix it either. The ANC does not care about their voters. That's because they will just keep voting them in. Why should they care?

  • Cat Woman - 2011-07-17 20:06

    There is no empathy but empty promises. This happens every winter. The saying goes only you can give a person the right to treat you badly. And this is just what is happening in this country.

  • marco - 2011-07-17 20:10

    So this is about the ANC Voters who I might add includes people of all races.Just a quick one though,how does what the DA points out affect the rich voters of the ANC?As both USSA and John seems to zoom in large on "poor voters" per se.Are we to understand that USSA and John are discriminating against poor voters and their allegiance to the ANC?

      Voyager - 2011-07-17 20:29

      Huh??

      Jean - 2011-07-17 20:31

      DNT talk. The western cape has a better service delivery record than anywhere else in the country.

      USSA - 2011-07-17 20:41

      When I want your stupid opinion, I will flush my toilet.

      scarface - 2011-07-18 07:12

      i read and reread your comment Marco but i cannot even make sense of what you are trying to say......

  • fracham - 2011-07-17 20:10

    These guys are rotten to the core. Whole friggin lot of them. Of the same mould as Mugabe , Gaddaffi, Amin to name but a few.But tides come and tides go.This cannot last forever.The time will come.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-17 20:15

    Very interesting article. The ANC will do anything to stop progress if it's delivered via the DA, but at the same time will do nothing to further it themselves - if it means they actually have to work, or attend Parliament, or the local municipal meetings etc. Too much money out there to steal for that.

  • windkind - 2011-07-17 20:50

    Get the Metro cops involved to make the area safe for the guys doing the work. Time to stop taking prisoners.

  • msheepie - 2011-07-18 00:27

    I want to know why the ANC carries on about all the white and colored supporters that vote for the DA? Why is nothing ever mentioned, when the ANC have most of the black supporters voting for them. Why is that not a problem?

  • Mordred - 2011-07-18 07:20

    WE ALL KNOW THAT THE ANC ARE "PUK PUK PUK CHICKEN" TO CONFRONT HELEN ZILLE OR ANY DA SUPPORTER "ONE ON ONE" FOR THAT MATTER BECAUSE THEY WILL MAKE TOTAL IDIOTS OF THEMSELVES OR AS THEY ARE WANT TO DO, RESORT TO REALLY DISGUSTING LANGUAGE WHICH JUST SHOWS THEIR STUPIDITY, UNCULTUREDNESS AND INEPTNESS. WE ALL KNOW THAT THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT ANYBODY, WHICH INCLUDES THEIR OWN PEOPLE, BUT THEMSELVES AS THEY ARE TOO BUSY "FEATHERING" THEIR OWN NESTS AND THEIR POOR PEOPLE JUST VOTE BLINDLY FOR THE ANC IGNORANT OF THE FACT THAT THE ANC WAKE UP EVERY MORNING SAYING "NOW HOW MUCH CAN I STEAL TODAY" BECAUSE THE MILLIONS THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY STOLEN, HAS ALREADY BEEN FRITTERED AWAY. THEY ALSO KNOW THAT WHEN THERE ARE FLOODS THAT THE ONUS WILL FALL, ONCE AGAIN, ON THE WHITES AND COLOUREDS TO HELP OUT WHICH WE ARE REALLY SICK TO DEATH OF DOING WHEN ALL THE ANC WANT IS THE DEMISE OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-18 08:48

    @hellenzille, loads of people that live in the ANC wards have gangster friends and guns. If they agree with your plans, get them to subtly help you convince those ANC counselors in those wards. Not it's not the right way to do it, but when all else fails....those residents will want what's best & if they can help achieve it, they will.

  • Virginia - 2011-07-18 11:20

    THE ANCE LED GOVERNMENT IS ROTTEN, people are suffering and they are not prepared to help them for the sake of future votes from the WP, how dispicable. The they guy in charge whats his name? should be taken to task by his people that voted him in. Mrs Zille do not worry, just do what you have to for who you have to.

  • Elsbeth Bertha Verhoeven - 2013-05-27 23:13

    How must we deal with this? What can we do to help?

  • Loyiso Mdingwa - 2013-05-27 23:45

    Your party is failing to protect as you promised,now you blame the ANC.Just solve the problem if you can rather than shielding your failing government in the Western Cape!!

      Annemarie White - 2013-05-28 06:26

      Please do your research before commenting.

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