The ANC believes it can snatch the metro away from current mayor, Patricia de Lille, in the upcoming elections claiming that the DA does not care for the welfare of the poor.
ANC mayoral candidate for Cape Town, Xolani Sotashe, told the Sunday Times: “When the ANC wins on August 3, we will correct apartheid spatial planning, which persists under DA rule.”
Sotashe noted that the DA rolled out the multimillion-rand MyCiti bus rapid transit system to wealthy suburbs including Camps Bay first, while poorer areas including Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain were last.
“The DA only cares about the production contribution, not the welfare of the poor.” Sotashe said that under de Lille, “Cape Town is more divided than ever before”.
“The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening because the DA skews resources, of which there is no shortage,” the ANC representative said.
“The first three things I will do when I am mayor is to find out exactly what the role of every city official is, to tell them how priorities will change under an ANC administration and to ensure that the city officialdom is representative of the demographics of the city.”
In the provincial elections in 2014, the DA took a 59.38% majority in the Western Cape, versus 32.89% for the ANC, and 2.11% for the EFF.
The DA won the City of Cape Town provincial elections with 61.5% of the total vote.
In the 2011 local government elections, the DA received 60.92% of the vote, against 32.8% for the ANC.
You can read the full report in the Sunday Times for 17 July 2016