March against drugs 'a DA promotion'
CAPE Town residents have accused city mayor Patricia de Lille of politicising crime and promoting the DA during a march against drug abuse in the Mother City at the weekend.
The march was part of the City of Cape Town's Don't Start, Be Smart campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse.
On Saturday about 500 people converged on the corner of AZ Berman Drive and Imperial Street in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, and marched to the Mitchells Plain police station to hand over a memorandum.
They were led by De Lille and the memorandum was received by the Mitchells Plain station commissioner Johan Brand.
Speaking to Sowetan before the start of the march, resident Sulyman Stellenboom said many participants, including some DA councillors, were seen wearing DA T-shirts.
"De Lille and the city have politicised crime. They also promoted their party during the march," he said.
Though Stellenboom acknowledged the high rate of drug abuse in the area, he did not take part in the march because, he said, correct procedures were not followed.
He claimed the marchers were bused in from various areas in Cape Town.
Mitchells Plain Alcohol & Drug sub-committee chairman, Jonavan Jonker said Mitchells Plain residents did not participate because they had not been invited.
"They did not consult or mobilise local residents and organisations in the area," Jonker said.
"There is a crime problem in the area but we feel bad that they have disrespected and undermined us."
Mitchells Plain community policing forum chairman, Abrahams Isaacs, said he saw some people wearing DA T-shirts during the march and had photographed the proceedings.
Solly Malatsi, De Lille's spokesman, said the march was organised by the City of Cape Town. He denied the party was promoted during the event.
"The mayor and the DA did not politicise crime. Even slogans were not used throughout the march," said Malatsi, adding that residents from Mitchells Plain had also participated.