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ANCYL misleading the poor - Zille

Zille said provincial departments spent around 77 percent of their budgets on the poor.

A protester holds up a placard during the ANCYL march through Cape Town on 27 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The narrative the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) is trying to create with regards to spending in poor areas is misleading, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Thursday.

She outlined exactly how much her government spends on struggling and indigent communities annually.

On Monday, the ANCYL led a march to the Western Cape Legislature to protest against the Democratic Alliance (DA)-run province.

Zille said provincial departments spent around 77 percent of their budgets on the poor, but she does not expect them to be grateful.

She said R11 billion is being spent on improving health services in underprivileged areas.

The Western Cape government spent R10 billion on education.

Zille pointed out what she said was a mistake in the League's latest memorandum of demands.

The organisation accused her administration of underspending on housing, but she said they forgot to use a simple decimal point when referring to the budget figure.

The ANCYL has promised to protest on the 27th of every month until its demands are met.

The League is also expected to protest against the ANC in Limpopo due to national government intervention.

Five departments were placed under partial administration by Cabinet in December following financial problems.