Zille sticks to her guns
WESTERN Cape premier Helen Zille says she will only respond to the ANC Youth League's memorandum if it formally ends its threats of violence in the province.
The league - together with Cosatu, the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association, the Congress for Democratic Taxi Associations and the ANC Women's League - marched to her office in July where they delivered a memorandum.
They were protesting against the closure of 27 schools in the province and failure to deliver textbooks in Kraaifontein.
They also called for an end to the DA's support for the youth subsidy.
The league has since threatened to stage another march on August 27 if Zille does not respond to their demands.
"When the ANCYL formally ends its campaign and withdraws its threats of violence, we will respond to their memorandum," Zille said.
League chairman in the Dullah Omar region, Khaya Yuzi, said on Wednesday they would stage more marches and sit-ins and make the (Cape Town) City ungovernable if Zille did not respond to their memorandum.
The league's secretary in the region, Mvuzo Zenzile, said people who disrupted a meeting attended by the city's mayor Patricia de Lille and her mayoral committee members in Khayelitsha on Tuesday were "not members of the ANCYL".
About 500 people toyi-toyed, tipped over tables and banged chairs on the floor.
De Lille could not address the residents on the city's integrated development plan for the area and had to leave the venue by the back door.
League members in the region yesterday threatened to march carrying buckets of toilet waste to be discarded in Zille and De Lille's houses after they failed to join the walkabout at Shukushukuma and Taiwan informal settlements in Khayelitsha yesterday . The league said the objective of the walkabout was to expose the DA government to the appalling conditions under which the disadvantaged people lived in the province.
But Zille said: "I had commitments yesterday, and my diary is not subject to instructions from the ANCYL."