DA accuses ANC of ‘wit gevaar tactics’

The two parties launched verbal attacks at each other during a Sopa debate yesterday.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille delivered her State of the Province Address (Sopa) on 19 February 2016. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of using what it calls 'wit gevaar tactics' to whip up fear among voters ahead of the local government elections.

The two parties took turns launching attacks at each other during a debate on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's State of the Province Address (Sopa) yesterday.

The ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) accused the DA-led provincial government of favouring more affluent communities with its budgetary allocations, and neglecting the poor.

DA deputy provincial leader and Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says according to Statistics South Africa figures, the party's record speaks for itself.

"The number of consumers receiving water and free basic services from municipalities. The top province out of nine provinces is the Western Cape, by 75.7 percent. That is the first indicator which shows that this DA government delivers better in those areas than any ANC-run province."

But the ANC's Khaya Magaxa insists provincial government is disregarding the poor.

"This government is taking a lot of money to already rich people. There's a question of integration."