Zille refutes ANC's allegations on community safety budget

The ANC has accused the DA of spending less than 1% of its total budget on WC community safety.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has dismissed the African National Congress (ANC)'s allegations about money the province allocates for community safety.

The ANC in the Western Cape has accused the DA-run province of spending less than one percent of its total budget on community safety.

The party says according to the latest budget, R292 million of the total R55.5 billion budget was spent on community safety.

Zille's spokesperson Michael Mpofu has rubbished the ANC's claims.

"The ANC's figures are absolute lies and their statistics are wrong. What they forget to mention is that not only do we spend money on the department itself, we're spending on safety in schools, on social programmes and infrastructure which requires budget from us as a whole."

The ANC claims since its 2009/2010 financial year, the most the province spent on community safety is 0.9 percent.

The party believes it's not enough to fight the scourge of gang violence.

The ANC says the province's plans to tackle gangsterism are not working because too little is spent on crime fighting.