City of CT to face court action if continues with unfair budget allocation

The SJC claims the city plans to spend only R15 million on 204 informal settlements in that period.

SJC activists march to the Cape Town Civic Centre to hand over a memorandum on the city's budget. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is threatening court action if the City of Cape Town continues with what the organisation said is an unfair budget allocation for informal settlements.

Activists marched to the Civil Centre yesterday to handover submissions to Mayor Patricia de Lille's draft budget for the 2016/17 financial year.

The SJC claims the city plans to spend only R15 million on 204 informal settlements in that period.

In its submission, the Social Justice Coalition claims 21 percent of the metro's households are informal but only receive one percent of the City's budget.

The SJC's Axolile Notywala said the municipality's time may be running out.

"We've protested for many years. We've picketed and had meetings with the City for many years, the only choice that we've is that we'll go to court. The court will have to force the City to act."

The City said it will analyse the three thousand submissions and include them in council deliberations for the final budget approval