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WC protests 'a ploy to dethrone DA'

An analyst says the WC ANC are trying to dethrone the DA with protests.

Municipal workers cleaning up the debris after protests on Lansdowne Road on 14 August 2012 while security forces keep watch. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A political analyst on Wednesday said protests in the Western Cape are a ploy by the country's ruling party to dethrone the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province.

Violent protests have rocked the city for the past few weeks claiming the lives of four people.

Mayor Patricia De Lille has on numerous occasions accused the ANCYL of instigating the uprisings.

One of these includes the disruption of a meeting in Khayelitsha while she was addressing residents about the city's development plans.

Political expert Harald Parkendorf said he believes this matter will not be resolved until after local government elections.

"Most of the protests are centred around Khayelitsha and one would guess that there is a pretty good game involved anyway. The ANC certainly does not want the DA to continue ruling in the Western Cape after the next local government elections."

He urged DA leadership to have talks with the ANCYL.

"The way to solve the problem and move forward is to actually talk."

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