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Zille responds to ANCYL demands

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the ANCYL does not represent 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 - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Thursday the ANC Youth League in the province does not represent the plight of the poor.

She responded to the ANCYL's latest memo of demands.

The ANCYL lead a protest march to the provincial legislature on Monday, demanding improved service delivery in poorer communities.

The ANCYL, along with hundreds of protesters were angered when Zille did not come out and collect their memorandum.

Zille said that she would not come out and collect the memo if the ANCYL did not retract their previous statement to make the city ungovernable.

She said more than 70 percent of the province's budget is spent on the struggling, unemployed and indigent.

"Nobody expects anybody to be grateful for this expenditure. It's as it should be because that is the purpose of taxing people and having money so that government can spend money."

She said if all of the ANCYL's demands were met the Western Cape economy would collapse within months.

Zille once again questioned the ANCYL's real motives behind its campaign.

"That assumes that the ANCYL represents the plight of the poor, which they certainly do not. The ANCYL represents themselves and their own agenda to take over the ANC from inside."

However, the ANCYL's Khaya Yozi said Zille is lying about the expenditure.

"If she is claiming that 76 percent of service delivery is going to our poor areas, we would not be complaining today."