Delft residents disrupt Zille's address

The Western Cape Premier has hit out at Human Settlements Minister Connie September.

Residents attend a housing handover in Delft on 18 February 2014. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Tuesday said she will be writing to President Jacob Zuma accusing a minister of using a housing handover in Delft as an electioneering platform.

Human Settlements Minister Connie September and Zille handed over five houses as part of the Symphony Precinct Housing Project.

But dozens of Delft residents started singing struggle songs demanding houses, interrupting Zille when she tried to address them.

So far, eight out of 1,951 houses have been handed over as part of the project.

Zille says the violent nature of the songs September sang in her speech caused the crowd to get out of hand.

"What is completely unacceptable is that a national minister leads people in singing a struggle song that talks about people wanting to shoot each other. That implies that people are there with ulterior motives. It was a direct accusation against the provincial and the local governments."

September maintains signing at any occasion is not unusual to the ANC.

"In terms of accusations about the appropriateness of songs and so on, this is a democracy. In a democracy, we are entitled and of course we take responsibility for that which we are entitled to."