DA, ANC resort to name-calling during Cape Town march

2015-12-01 16:53
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - The DA and ANC resorted to name-calling and labelling each other spies and gangsters during a DA-organised march in the Cape Town CBD on Tuesday.

The meeting eventually dispersed with a few scuffles as police held back shouting ANC supporters from the DA supporters as they left.

Speaking during the march, Premier Helen Zille vowed that "the African National Congress would never take the Western Cape away from the Democratic Alliance".

The march came ahead of an attempt by the ANC to have Zille removed from office in a debate in the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

"We were not put here by [President Jacob] Zuma, we were put here by the people of the Western Cape," Zille told about 200 DA supporters holding a protest near the ANC's provincial offices in the city centre.

- Read more: Your days of running Cape Town are numbered, ANC tells DA

As she spoke, ANC supporters started arriving and tried to drown her out with chants of "Zuma, Zuma, Zuma", waving posters in DA blue that said "Zille must go".

The ANC in the Western Cape wants to remove Zille as premier of the province through a motion to impeach her, which it hopes will be debated on Tuesday afternoon.

In terms of the Constitution, Section 130 (3) states: the legislature of a province, by a resolution adopted with a supporting vote of at least two thirds of its members, may remove the Premier from office only on the grounds of:

- a serious violation of the Constitution or the law;

- serious misconduct; or

- inability to perform the functions of office.

The ANC, which is in the opposition in the legislature, has accused her and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille of selective service delivery for the rich, and of neglecting the poor.

It has also rounded on Zille for allegedly hiring policeman Paul Scheepers to spy on them to get privileged information.

- Read more: Scheepers debugged my phone, but did not spy for me - Zille

Zille dismissed the spy allegations as"vexatious" and part of a "soap opera" which started after the DA took the province from the ANC in 2009.

She said they decided to have someone sweep their offices after the 2009 elections, focusing on their own work spaces and equipment to prevent the interception of communications.

She had handed her phone to Scheepers thinking he was going to debug it and said the ANC and media were wrong to see this as a "spy vs spy" saga.

In a public letter, Zille said she did not know which section of the Constitution she was supposed to have violated.

Zille demanded to know why President Jacob Zuma had not denied a Mail&Guardian report that he had fraternised with gangsters at his private residence in Rondebosch.

De Lille said of the Mail&Guardian's report: "Soort soek soort" (birds of a feather flock together) and said the ANC wanted the Western Cape because it was well run and looked after.

ANC provincial spokesperson Jabu Mfusi dismissed Zille's comments as an attempt to divert attention from the DA's own associations with criminals.

He said Tuesday's motion would be important because the DA had been using privileged intelligence.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  helen zille  |  patricia de lille  |  cape town
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