Zille doesn't care about the poor - Brown

Lynne Brown says Helen Zille has done very little to tackle issues like housing, crime and education in the WC.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape ANC says it wants Premier Helen Zille to lay out a plan of action on how she will tackle the province’s problems.

Zille is expected to deliver her state of the province address on Friday.

Leader of the opposition in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, Lynne Brown, believes Zille has done little to tackle issues like housing, crime and education.

She claims the Western Cape is not a priority for the premier, as she is often seen as absent in her own province.

“She’s not interested in the fact that daily, our children and women are raped and murdered. She’s not interested in the fact that farmworkers are not being taken care of.”

Several women and children have been raped and murdered since the beginning of 2013.

Over the weekend, a 19-year-old was laid to rest after she was raped and murdered in Kraaifontein.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the crime.

Brown also accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of waging a war on the poor and misusing taxpayers' money.

She says this has created the perception that the province’s ruling party is callous and uncaring.

The province has also been rocked by service delivery protests in recent months.

A total of 179 violent protests broke out in 2012 and the DA has accused the opposition of engineering these to destabilise the province.