'I did not swear from the podium' - De Lille

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Cape Town – Mayor Patricia de Lille has come out against claims that she swore from the podium as chaos broke out at a community meeting in Bonteheuwel on Thursday night.

Meanwhile the Joint Peace Forum (JPF), who made the claims, accused the mayor of lying to residents about service delivery.

It claimed she said, “We are the government, we will do as we please and do not have to ask anyone’s permission to do so”, followed by “Voetsek, julle is mos ANC”.

The mayor was at the local civic centre to provide information to about 500 beneficiaries of the city’s backyarder programme when the JPF intervened.

De Lille’s spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes said the JPF disrupted the meeting by standing and shouting, as well as fighting with other residents in the hall.

No injuries were reported.

“That claim [about what she said] has no basis. The mayor tried to restore calm by asking the beneficiaries and the JPF members to be seated.”

She said De Lille left when it became apparent that the meeting would not be able to go ahead.

In a statement, De Lille said the JPF was never elected or mandated to speak on the backyarders or residents’ behalf.

“We will not allow these people to deprive almost 1000 families of the basic services that we promised them in 2011.”

The JPF said in a statement they had in fact been the ones to call the meeting and that residents had supported the group on Thursday night.

“We refuse to be treated as third class citizens and disrespected because of political wrangling and party politicking,” it said.

“You have declared yourself an enemy of the residents tonight. Now we will decide how to deal.”

Cosatu in the province said it supported the JPF and community organisations in their demand for proper consultation with backyarders and timeframes for when they would get houses.

Watch a clip of the meeting below:

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