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CT protest: Zille given 21 days to respond

Helen Zille has 3 weeks to respond to a memorandum handed to her during a service delivery protest.

ANC supporters march for housing in the Cape Town CBD on 5 February 2014. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says she fully intends responding to an African National Congress (ANC) memorandum regarding issues including a lack of adequate service delivery in some of the poor areas in the province.

Hundreds of protesters marched to the Provincial Legislature and the Civic Centre on Wednesday, under the banner of the ANC, to air their grievances over living conditions in informal settlements.

The Western Cape government's Zak Mbhele says, "Unfortunately the premier was prevented from speaking and addressing the marchers, which we believe was to prevent her the opportunity of demolishing the lies Marius Fransman and Tony Ehrenreich were stating during their speeches."

Zille, who met the crowd in front of the legislature, received the memorandum, but failed to address the crowd after she was booed.

Mbhele says, "Unfortunately it also prevented those present the opportunity to come forward with housing grievances. And we had housing officials to take down their details and assist in their cases."

While singing the national anthem, some protesters hurled insults at Zille which only prompted her to belt out the anthem with more gusto and a smile on her face.

The premier now has 21 days in which to respond to the memo.