'Cape not excited enough by Cup'

THE Cabinet says Capetonians are not showing the expected level of excitement about the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting government spokesperson Themba Maseko said Capetonians must start "wearing more Bafana Bafana T-shirts and fly more flags on their cars".

"It's completely different from what we are seeing in Gauteng and other provinces. We expect all citizens to show their excitement," he said. "In Johannesburg we are beginning to count the number of cars without flags. We expect that sentiment from Cape Town too."

Cabinet slammed threats by the Young Communist League and Creative Workers Union to boycott the World Cup kickoff concert at Orlando Stadium next Thursday.

"The call to boycott is ill-advised. The Cabinet calls on all parties to sort out the issues without resorting to media statements that undermine the positive mood South Africans are experiencing," Maseko said.

He said the government was also "greatly concerned" about the number of protests on the eve of the World Cup.

The Cabinet also disapproved of the ANC Youth League's intention to vandalise Cape Town in protest against the DA's removal of dozens of toilets in Khayelitsha.