Zille defending white elite: Cosatu

2011-02-19 16:23
Johannesburg - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's state of the province address on Friday lacked vision and the ability to inspire people "to a new deal", the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Saturday.

"The focus of the speech is the same old Democratic Alliance policy of defending white elite privileges, whilst allocating crumbs to the poor," Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said.

"There is no attempt by the premier to integrate the communities as she seems to defend the present divisions and separation that exist in the province between black and white, rich and poor."

Ehrenreich said "the poverty situation" of the majority of the people of the Western Cape was desperate, yet Zille had "no tangible plans" to address this.

"The Western Cape is the most unequal province in the country yet it does not even get a mention, that inequality is the key impediment to development.

"The Western Cape has the most top billing style housing and the highest proportion of shacks, but this also is not mentioned as a problem."

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