2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


ANC NOT TAKING UP THEIR SEATS IN THE CAPE TOWN UNICITY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

STATEMENT BY BANTU HOLOMISA, PRESIDENT OF THE UDM

The ANC and Rasool is selling out the poor people of Cape Town by not taking up its rightful seats on the Cape Town Executive committee.

The ANC, who professes to represent poor people, should remember that the four ANC seats on the Executive is not an offer from the DA - the ANC is entitled to those seats in terms of proportionality and in terms of the legislative model for the Unicity. The Unicity's budget will eventually be bigger than the Provincial Government of the Western Cape (already R9 billion). The allocation of billions of rand can uplift thousands of poor people in Cape Town. It is therefore mind boggling that the ANC prefers to sell out the poor by giving up influence on the Executive. 

This stance of Rasool is making a mockery of the ANC's so-called commitment to poor people.  It leaves one with the impression that Rasool is taking a personal decision, based on the fact that salary packages of Executive members will be bigger than his own.  In the process Rasool, whose party legislated local government options which provide for inclusive and co-operative government (as is the case in Cape Town and Durban), is also dishonouring governments commitment to co-operative governance as mentioned in the country's constitution.

It is simply unforgivable that the ANC is giving away influence on how billions can be spent in the next few years on the capital budget alone in Cape Town.  The capital expenditure will bring infrastructure to poor people.  The ANC knows very well that the DA does not have an ear on the ground in the poorest of the poor communities in Cape Town, which makes the ANC stance even more unbelievable.

The UDM will never cut off the poorest of the poor from influence.  The ANC RECEIVED A MANDATE FROM THE MAJORITY OF THE POOR PEOPLE IN CAPE TOWN LAST YEAR, when it received more votes than the NNP - the ANC as the mother of inclusive government is now giving away this mandate.  It should reconsider immediately.

ENQUIRIES:
HB HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

ARCHIE LEWIS, MPP
CHAIRPERSON UDM WESTERN CAPE

Cape Town
13 December 2000