The Democratic Alliance announced its election manifesto for Cape Town yesterday by launching a vicious attack on the ANC.
Calling the ruling party “full of hot air”, sitting and candidate mayor, Patricia de Lille, slammed the ruling African National Congress for its “racist tendencies”.
Speaking about the ANC and their Local Government elections campaign, De Lille said the ANC’s attempt at a manifesto rested solely on trying to paint the DA as racist and uncaring.
The DA runs the Western Cape, the only province that is not controlled by the ruling party.
De Lille says: “They [the ANC] are undermining the intelligence of the voter by trying to make every issue about race.”
She also made mention of embattled ANC Provincial Leader Marius Fransman.
“Even his own party didn’t want him back,” she said about Fransman, who was asked to “step aside” by the ANC while he is being investigated for allegedly sexually harassing a colleague.
De Lille also dealt with big issues in the City such as gang violence, transport and housing.
She said the allegation that the City only delivers to the leafy suburbs were not true.
“We are charging the rich people to live in their houses and then we use that money to cross-subsidise,” she said.
De Lille said the DA-led City could not be blamed for what the apartheid government had designed, and that the City did not provide wealthy suburbs with any additional services.
Regarding gang violence on the Cape Flats, she denied allegations that the DA and the City only cared about engaging communities ahead of elections, saying the party spent years interacting with affected communities.
And with more than 60 percent of salaries from low-income households going to transport, De Lille said if the DA were to be re-elected, all of the City’s future development would be near existing transport routes or where routes were marked for development.
De Lille says the DA has kept its promises to Cape Town.
“We feel we have made great progress in the past five years,” she said of her time in office.
“But there is still a lot more work to do. That is why I am standing for re-election.”