Monday, March 23, 2015

De Lille calls on Ramaphosa to present facts on racism in the City

Mbasa Gqokoma
23 March 2015

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has called on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to send evidence regarding allegations he made in Parliament last week about incidents of racism in the city.

Ramaphosa made several allegations in Parliament which include black people being blocked from booking into certain hotels in and around the city.

In an open letter to the deputy Mayor De Lille said she takes these allegations very seriously.

Mayor’s Spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes says the Mayor in her letter called on the deputy President to give us the details of these incidents so that she can address these issues and use that evidence in her engagements so that she can take direct action.

She also said that it is up to our countries leaders to provide direction to these matters and she wants him to join her in tackling these issues head on, Leukes added.

Meanwhile the African National Congress in the Western Cape has called on the Democratic Alliance to come clean regarding its race campaign in the city.

The ANC is in a statement said it is suspicious of the strategic timing of the Inclusive City campaign which Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille launched over the weekend.

ANC’s Cobus Grobler says it is clear that something is wrong here, it is not just an ordinary campaign, it is launched right in the middle of the run-up to the municipal elections which Mayor Patricia De Lille must contest, and it is also right in the middle of the DA’s leadership challenge where she wants to be a leader for the DA in the Western Cape.

Cobus added that “She is using this as a platform to launch her campaign, personally a party campaign with tax payer money”.



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