The ANC in the Western Cape joined by NGO’s and community organisations marched to the Civic Centre in Cape Town, highlighting a lack of service delivery. A large crowd gathered at Keizergracht ahead of the march through the City Centre.
Hundreds of people were bussed into the city in order to participate in the march, even though rain peaked through the clouds, on this Friday morning. The march started late, as ANC officials waited for the crowd to grow before embarking on the march. The ANC is demanding that the City of Cape Town address a number of issues including street lighting, gangsterism and land for housing.
One protestor, a working woman from the townships said she is fed up with bad service delivery.
“They are not delivering services in the townships, they are cutting water so we decided to have a march so that the mayor can explain why she is not delivering the services to us,” the protestor said.
Regional ANC spokesperson Yonelo Diko said that the DA leadership in the province seeks to divide the province into two spheres where one is more affluent than the other.
“On the one side you have people who live quite comfortably and on the other side you have people who have potholes, who don’t have proper water and sanitation services and who face crime and gangsterism on a daily basis,” Diko explained.
“We decided today to be clear and bold and to say that that (poor service delivery) can no longer continue, when we say that the city of Cape Town is a well-run city. We want that to apply to all areas.”
If the DA does not have the capacity to develop this city (Cape Town) holistically, then the party should step aside so that another party may take over, he added.
The march comes as the ANC increased its efforts to snatch the province from the ANC in the next elections.
Before the memorandum of grievances was handed over to the city of Cape Town, Khaya Yozi another regional spokesperson said that he hopes that the response from the city would be positive and they should deliver on the demands of the public and deliver the services promised.
“All the issues that we are raising are valid issues and we think that the mayor must do an honourable thing and respond to the outcries that the majority of the citizens of this city are making,” Yozi continued. VOC (Umarah Hartley)