De Lille 'champion' of rich whites - Cosatu

2016-01-26 17:10
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Cape Town - Cosatu in the Western Cape has accused Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille of being a champion of the wealthy old white communities.

"The DA’s announcement that De Lille will be their mayoral candidate confirms that the mainly white and rich in the city will have their champion in office, should the DA win the elections," provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said in a statement.

The DA announced on Monday that De Lille would be its mayoral candidate for the City of Cape Town for another term.

De Lille said she humbly accepted the nomination.

She mentioned some of the projects the City had been working on, including efforts to fight racism, and said corruption would not be tolerated.

She outlined some of the plans for the next five years, which included job creation.

However, Cosatu in the province believed that there would be mismanagement of public funds under De Lille, referring to the R28m which was spent on the Cape Town Cup soccer match.

Last year, the ANC approached the public protector to probe the City of Cape Town for what it labelled "wasteful" expenditure in hosting the ill-fated Cape Town Cup.

The city's executive director of tourism, events and marketing, Anton Groenewald, resigned shortly after the tournament's conclusion over the massive losses.

At the time, Cosatu wanted De Lille suspended over the matter.

Ehrenreich also claimed that, under De Lille, the Cape Flats would continue to be neglected.

"Cosatu is concerned that a person who has been responsible for the hardship of workers and working families over the last five years, still has the audacity to want to lead this city."

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