Statement by the ANC Western Cape on the agreement on Cape Town

Statement by the ANC Western Cape on the agreement on Cape Town

31 October 2006, Tuesday

The ANC is pleased with the agreement reached between the Minister of Provincial and Local Government, the MEC for Local Government and Housing and the Mayor of the City of Cape Town.

We have supported the MEC’s proposal to change the municipal system because we are convinced that inclusive and representative government, based on broad consensus, is important.

The ANC has achieved its aim of forcing Helen Zille to reconsider her Verwoerdian-type sub-councils and we will continue to fight for and defend non-racialism.

We were concerned that the DA-led city council took important decisions which would affect non-racialism in our city, such as the sub-council boundaries, without due regard for the constitution or the law.

"We are glad that the sub-council boundaries will be reconsidered as the DA’s proposal was originally intended to divide the city further. We feel strongly about the creation of a non-racial society in which all citizens have equal opportunities and rights," Mcebisi Skwatsha, ANC provincial secretary said.

We are delighted that Zille has been forced to implement ward committees and ward participatory mechanisms as stipulated in the city’s establishment notice.

"Ward committees are important in ensuring public participation in the governance of any municipality. We are concerned about the poor levels of service delivery. Communities around the city have been protesting against the city’s failure to deliver services and the ANC will continue to highlight those issues as an effective opposition in the council," Skwatsha added.

For more information and/or comment:
Mcebisi Skwatsha on 083 258 3858.