'Zille lying about WC expenditure'

The Western Cape ANCYL accused Zille of lying about her government’s spending in poor areas.

ANCYL members march to the Western Cape legislature on 27 July 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Thursday accused Premier Helen Zille of lying over how much her administration is spending on services in underprivileged areas.

The League and Zille have been locked in a war of words for several weeks.

Zille said some provincial government departments are spending 76 percent of their annual budgets on the poor.

"There's R11.5 billion for health, R10 billion for education and R1.7 billion for human settlements."

She said the ANCYL's campaign against her administration has nothing to do with alleviating poverty.

"The ANC Youth League represents its own agenda."

But the League claims she lied about the expenditure.

It said if her claims were true, informal settlements would have been eradicated in the province.

In July, the ANCYL threatened to make the province ungovernable if the DA-administration failed to address its demands.

Earlier this week, the League led a protest march to the Western Cape Legislature.

They were protesting against proposed school closures and accused the provincial government of neglecting the poor.