Wednesday, April 15, 2015

ANC calls for Mayor Patricia de Lille to be fired

Loyiso Langeni
15 April 2015

The African National Congress in the Western Cape has called for Mayor Patricia de Lille to be fired.

This follows several media reports that alleges a city-contracted company had indirectly employed Hard Living gangsters in Manenberg for security.

This as the area has seen gang violence which flared up since Easter.

ANC’s Pat Lekker said the Mayor knew about this because this from December last year. Nothing has been said by the Democratic Alliance, they kept quiet as if this was all good and well. In that light we say she must be fired.

Meanwhile in response the city says it takes these allegations very seriously and an investigation is underway.

City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements Benedicta van Minnen says there is no firm evidence to support these claims, everything is unfounded allegations at this point.

Minnen said we have also discussed this with the contractor Good Hope Construction, and they have categorically denied anything of the sort and they pointed out such allegations are simply rumours, that have been doing the rounds.

“She also added that it also been pointed out that the labour used on site comes from the job seeker database. The contract was prioritize in trying to employ residents from the Cape Flats and also from the greater Maneberg community.

Minnen concluded by saying that this is not surprising that the ANC is spreading these allegations because they certainly do not want to hear that we are succeeding with this project upgrade.

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