ANC incited violence in Khayelitsha - parliamentary statement by Mr Lennox Gaehler , MP (2 June 2010)

The UDM notes with disgust the manner in which members of the ANC have incited violence and unrest in Khayelitsha.

The issue of open toilets has been the subject of careful negotiation by the city council for three years now. It is not an acceptable situation, nor did the Cape Town government imply at any time that it was. A long-term process of improving the situation has been underway for a considerable time. It should be noted that it is a problem that a previous ANC-controlled council did nothing to resolve.

Nor should we lose sight of the fact that far worse conditions persist in cities and towns that have been exclusively run by the ANC for the past 15 years.

It is remarkable that whenever community protests erupt in ANC-run local governments there are dark mutterings from the ruling party about so-called ‘third forces’ destabilising poor communities. But here in Cape Town, in a successful opposition-run municipality, the ruling party’s members can publicly incite violence and vandalise public property without fear of discipline from the ANC.

It is criminal and immoral to disrupt and undermine service delivery. It is clear that the ANC fears how voters in the upcoming local government elections will punish them for their service delivery failures and how badly they compare with an opposition-run city.