“I don’t trust Plato” -KDF’s Tyhido says

2018-11-15 06:00
Cape Town mayor Dan Plato addressing DA members in Khayelitsha last week.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato addressing DA members in Khayelitsha last week.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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The visit by newly installed City of Cape Town mayor Dan Plato to Khayelitsha last week has drawn negative reactions from the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF).

Plato, who was elected mayor on Tuesday last week following the resignation of Patricia De Lille, visited Khayelitsha’s Noluthando School for the Deaf, to engage with members of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Plato, who previously served as Cape Town mayor between 2009 and 2011, promised to look into service delivery issues in Khayelitsha.

He said the resignation of De Lille would not hinder service delivery, although he conceded that the City had its own problems, some of which have led to service delivery protests in some parts of Khayelitsha.

Plato urged ward councillors to pay attention to service delivery issues. He added that the City cannot provide jobs for everyone, and called for small businesses to support their efforts.

KDF chairperson Ndithini Tyhido said it was early days to draw something out of his leadership, adding that he did not trust Plato.

Tyhido said anyone who wanted to talk about service delivery should do so in public, and not only address party members.

“They are lying when they make such pronunciations to members of their party(and) not the greater public,” he said.

He said the public needs to participate in talks regarding service delivery, so they can have an input because they are the ones who know what services they need.

Tyhido called on Plato to consult community structures.

SJC General Secretary Axolile Notywala said the fact that Plato addressed(only) his party members, showed that service delivery was not his priority. He further accused Plato of campaigning for his party ahead of next year’s general elections.

“The poor have never been a priority in the City of Cape Town,” he said.

He said even the budget the City allocates for service delivery is not enough and therefore making promises without backing them up with money, they mean nothing.


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