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'ANCYL behind CPT protests'

Helen Zille insists there is evidence placing the ANCYL behind protests in Cape Town.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille discuss service delivery protests on 15 August 2012. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Thursday insisted that there is prima facie evidence implicating the ANC Youth League in violent protests in Cape Town.

There have been a series of chaotic protests in recent weeks which has resulted in the deaths of four people.

The provincial government and the city insist the unrest is being fuelled by the ANCYL after it threatened to make the city ungovernable.

However, the ANCYL has denied any involvement.

Zille said despite evidence given to authorities, no action has been taken.

"It is deeply disturbing when the provincial director of public prosecutions chooses not to prosecute when there's prima facie video evidence."

Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille said the protests have nothing to do with service provision issues.

"I can confidently say to you that these are not service delivery protests, they are illegal ANCYL orchestrated marches and protests."

But, the ANCYL has vehemently denied this by saying that Zille should rather focus on addressing the service delivery needs of millions of people living in appalling conditions in the province instead of playing the blame game.

The ANCYL Khaya Yozi said Zille should admit that she is failing the people of the Western Cape.

"When President Jacob Zuma comes here, we are going to tell him to instruct this woman who is getting his money to build houses for us in Khayelitsha. If she cannot do that, then she must resign."

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