Cape Town no longer the mess the DA took over from the ANC

Mmusi Maimane
Mmusi Maimane

After ten years of the Democratic Alliance governing the City of Cape Town it is unrecognisable from the mess the party inherited from the ANC in 2006‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane says.

When the DA took over the city‚ infrastructure and maintenance projects stood abandoned‚ he told an election rally at Khayelitsha.

“Posts weren’t filled. And not one single government department got a clean audit in the ANC’s last year here.

“The Cape Town you see today is a very different city to the Cape Town of 2006‚” Maimane said.

It offered its poor citizens the most generous package of free basic services of any metro in the country.

It was building a world-class integrated transport system‚ had “hundreds” of free wi-fi hotspots and had new‚ state-of-the-art hospitals.

It was also the only metro that respected public money‚ the DA leader asserted.

“In the last financial year‚ the metros of Johannesburg‚ Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay lost over R2.2 billion to corruption. In Cape Town‚ that figure was zero.”

But most importantly‚ Cape Town had the lowest unemployment figures of all the metros in South Africa.

“In Cape Town‚ 21.7% of people can’t find work. That’s still far too many‚ and we’re working very hard to bring that number down.

“But compare it to the rest of the country‚ and you start to see what a success story Cape Town’s job creation project has been‚” Maimane said.

He added that the city’s unemployment rate was a full 15 percentage points below the national average.

“It is 8 percentage points lower than Tshwane’s‚ 10 percentage points lower than Johannesburg’s and 12 percentage points lower than Nelson Mandela Bay’s.”




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