Helen Zille and the City of Cape Town care less about the poor.

2013-06-09 12:56

The people of Western Cape mostly the poor have tried so many times to show their frustration to the DA led City of Cape Town. All their attempts however are always watered down by Helen Zille and her spin doctors.

Who would forget the Khayelisha open toilets and the recent portable toilet unhappiness?

In 2010, the City of Cape Town build open toilets for Khayelisha residents with the expectation that they will close them by themselves. This erupted into a scandal and the DA was exposed when Khayelistsha residents protested and made the issue a national discourse.

Recently, again, Khayelitsha and other townships are expected to use and accept portable toilets. In the City of Cape Town’s and Helen’s surprise, Khayelitsha residents and those from Phillipi disapproved.

First, Nyanga and Philipi people showed their frustration on the N- 1 road. Helen Zille saw this protest on her way from the airport.

Excitedly, she went on to vent on twitter about a strike blaming the ANC government. Someone quickly tweeted to her that it’s a City of Cape Town strike on portable toilets. She was quietened for hours.

An event all people will remember is the recent sanitation war allegedly led by Andile Lili in Khayelitsha. People including Andile Lili a khayelitsha resident are showing the DA-led city their frustration and unhappiness on the roll-out of portable toilets.

On the first occasion human waste was flung at the City of Cape Town’s administration buildings in town. On the second, they were thrown at Helen’s car on her way attend a mass meeting in Khayelitsha.

In all occasion, from the N-1 protest to the human waste flung at Helen’s envoy and to the CoCT admin building the ANC and ANCYL was accused of electioneering and fuelling protest even after both ANC and ANCYL distanced themselves from the events. The South African Human Rights Commission was against the open toilets and is still against the portable toilets. I wonder if this independent body will be accused of ANC electioneering on their recent action to distance themselves and lambast the City for its sanitation plans. In 2012 we witness one of the longest strikes by farm workers in Western Cape De Doorns. Farm workers downed tools and went on a protest calling for a fair wage. These workers were showing their frustration of people paid R69 a day. They simply wanted a salary that would enable them like all others to send their kids to school and have food on the table when they come back. Here, Helen and her spin doctors accused the ANC of fuelling the strike. In her news-letter, ANC councillors and a local NGO Passop were accused of undue influence to the labour unrest in farms.

Helen saw nothing wrong with farm workers getting R69 a day; instead, she saw a strike, not fuelled by unfair wages ,but by the ANC. In here, she sided with the farmers who were posing as victims at the time.

Sadly, a research on the issues involved in the labour unrest conducted by UCT’s African Studies Centre and Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) found no links between the farm workers and the ANC or Passop for that matter. Both research contradicted with Helen’s newsletter.

Unfortunately, Helen failed to write another one telling us she was wrong. She also failed to thank farmers and congratulate the workers when their wages was finally raised to R105 a day.

It was not a long time ago when Michel’s Plain including other areas in Cape Town faced an intense drugs and gang related activities. Then Helen Zille asked Zuma of something that she knew herself will not happen; that is, for Zuma to deploy troops in the gang affected areas.

When Zuma refused as we all expected; so much noise was made by the DA, Shifting all the attention from drugs and gangs to Jacob Zuma and the soldiers. Again, here too the ANC was clearly to blame for the city’s inability to fight drugs and gangs.

Who would forget the recent eviction of 125 people in Phillipi.

Their homes were demolished by the City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit. Helen and her army saw these people as invaders of the Great Cape Town land; like dirt, they needed to be removed by all means possible. And these means included using a non-existent imaginary “Protection of the Possession of Property Act”. The DA basically used a law which does not exist to make people who had homes they constructed by themselves without the City’s help, homeless. It is my personal opinion that these people were assumed to be stupid by the DA. They would not use a non-existent law to Green Point resident; but using it in Phillipi was ok ,no one is educated enough there.

I highlight these events to show how the DA led City of Cape Town and Helen always lies to poor people and how they always shift the blame to the ANC

instead of the City trying to provide decent sanitation that all people will be happy about they will provide open or later portable toilets.

When the people protest to show their frustration they are not listened to; instead the city looks at the clothes of 1 in a 150+ people protesting if they happen to be ANC colours, the ANCYL and the ANC will be accused of fuelling the strike.

The media and South Africans then fall in this trap; people start accusing the ANC of cheap electioneering and forget that there are people who are expected to use a toilets that will flush and keep their waste in the same room they're supposed to sleep and eat in.

When there is a gang problem; troops are called to come in by Helen Zille. Instead of focusing on the city that fails to tackle the problems of drugs and gangs, we focus on Zuma who within his rights and understandable reasons does not approve of troops being sent in when we have a national police force and metro-police in the City.

Instead of looking at the City of Cape Town that lies and uses non-existent laws to evict people and make them homeless. We blame the ANC.

There is fundamentally something wrong with the relationship the City of Cape Town has with the poor. And we need to ask ourselves what it is and stop listening to the DA trying to make themselves saints when they are not.

In many occasions now, Patricia De-Lille the Cape Town Mayor has been trying to attend Public Hearings in townships. In all occasions she has been booed off. Like Helen always does, she blames the ANC instead of questioning herself why that is happening. Is it not because of the City's lies to the people maybe?

The people of Cape Town now are not expected to show their unhappiness and frustration to the city. Every time they do, it’s not them but the ANC or its Youth League that is protesting.

I call on to the City of Cape Town, Helen Zille and the DA to listen to the people no matter how poor they are. I plead to them to understand, wearing an ANC t-shit at a protest in Western Cape doesn't constitute an “ANC fuelled” protest.

And I plead to all DA supporters not to think everything is perfect in the Western Cape because its not.

Before everyone comments, I don’t in any way deny that other provinces have challenges because there are. Whats good in those provinces is that everytime people protest, we know who to blame. Not the people, but the people who are meant to serve them. Protests in other provinces are not accused of being fuelled by the DA or ANC just because someone was wearing a DA or ANC protest. Those people are listened to.

There are so many Trolls on News24 and other online news-site who attack, insult and say all sorts of things about the ANC and its leaders. It will be unfair to say that those messages are from the DA just because of their obvious support for it. The DA then should stop accusing the ANC of fuelling all protest about Service Delivery in Western Cape and start taking responsibility.

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