Zille hones in on housing delivery

2011-05-09 11:14

DA leader Helen Zille criticised the Eastern Cape government’s wasting of money and its lack of housing, while campaigning in Walmer, Port Elizabeth today.

She had heard of residents’ frustration at broken promises on housing delivery and understood this was aggravated because of “corrupt and fruitless expenditure” of money.

“The Eastern Cape recorded the highest level of irregular expenditure in the past financial year amounting to R2.7-billion... It is particularly infuriating considering that the Eastern Cape had R500 million of its municipal infrastructure grant withdrawn by the national treasury, because the province failed to spend the money,” she said.

“It is bizarre in this context that the municipality said it ran out of money.”

The remarks then turned to a government housing project in Gunguluza in Kwanobuhle, Uitenhage. Earlier she tweeted: “Off to Walmer Township with @lindimazibuko. Prez Zuma also in PE opening an RDP housing project made possible by the DA ward councillor!”

According to her speech the ward’s DA councillor Franay van der Linde campaigned for the over 2 000 houses since 2006, and it was because of her hard work that the community now has houses.

She said she was not asking for “undying allegiance to the DA”, because “No party in a democracy deserves that kind of loyalty. “All we are asking you is to lend us your vote for the next five years. If we fail you, you can take your vote back and give it to someone else at the next election.”

During a campaign trip to Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, on Sunday, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale was assailed by pleas for housing.

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