'ANCYL is lying'
WESTERN Cape premier Helen Zille said her government had spent 76% of its budget on the disadvantaged.
She said this was despite the claims by the ANC Youth League in the province that her government did not care about delivering services to the poor.
She said the reasons behind the recent service delivery protests in Khayelitsha and other areas along Cape Town's N2 Highway had more to do with internal ANC politics than legitimate complaints.
"This is about the internal conflicts within the ANC because the ANCYL doesn't like people who support Jacob Zuma ... they are trying to displace the internal hierarchy in the list selection process for 2014," Zille said.
She joked that with the demise of Julius Malema as the youth league leader, she had thought it was the end of radical statements from the league, but that Cape Town metro leader Khaya Yozi had taken over the mantle and was doing wonders for the DA's recruitment of new members.
On Monday, more than 3000 supporters of the ANCYL marched to Zille's office, demanding that her administration address poor service delivery in informal settlements, provide better housing and halt the planned closure of 27 schools in Western Cape.
Zille said South Africa's greatest challenge was unemployment and how poor people could be equipped to move out of poverty within one generation.
"That is the most important policy question that we have to address in South Africa, and if we are talking about debates between different political parties, that's what the debate should be about - which set of policies offers pathways out of poverty for poor people within a generation,"Zille said .
But Yozi said the 76% budgetallocation to poor communities came as news to the ANC because there was no tangible proof of this on the ground.
"Where is the 76% she claims was spent? We haven't seen it, and this confirms that the premier is sitting in her ivory tower not knowing what is happening on the ground," Yozi said.
He denied that the youth league's recent protest was all a ploy towards the 2014 general elections, and said there was nothing contained in their demands to the provincial government which showed this.