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De Lille lashes out at 'political thugs'

De Lille said recent protests in parts of the city are a major stumbling block for service delivery.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has lashed out at what she calls 'political thugs' who she says are doing everything in their power to cripple service delivery.

She made the remarks at a sitting of the City Council on Wednesday.

De Lille said recent protests in parts of the city are a major stumbling block for service delivery.

Addressing a full council meeting, De Lille condemned the demonstrations, accusing 'political thugs' of being behind them. She however did not mentioned any names.

She said the city is bracing itself for increased unrest ahead of the 2016 local government elections.

The mayor told council members millions of rands will be spent on security for city-owned property, including the MyCiti bus service.