Patricia De Lille slammed over 'anti-poor' budget

Patricia De Lille delivered her proposed R41 billion budget for the 2016/17 financial year today.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has again used her budget speech to defend the municipality against claims that it's anti-poor.

De Lille delivered her proposed R41 billion budget for the 2016/17 financial year during a special council meeting at the civic centre today.

The mayor has proposed that the municipality spend more than R16 billion for utility services, which includes sanitation, water and electricity.

De Lille says the expenditure on informal settlements will increase if the budget is approved.

"The R50 million that the SJC is referring to is meant for toilets and the structure of the toilet."

OPPOSITION PARTIES NOT HAPPY

Opposition parties in the Cape Town council have all criticised de Lille's proposed budget, claiming it disadvantages poor communities.

African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Xolani Sotashe accused Mayor de Lille of constantly making promises without follow-up.

"The mayor promised people of Masiphumelele in 2014 that she would deliver these houses. The budget of R5 million was put aside for this project and to date nothing has happened."

Sotashe is also not impressed or convinced.

"Mr Speaker, today we are dealing with a two-tale city budget, the budget for the poor and the budget for the rich."

Pan Africanist Congress councillor Anwar Adams says it's "a flawed budget".

"This budget will not see to the crime; this budget will not deliver the services."

The African Christian Democratic Party's (ACDO) Patricia Arendse says the party cannot support such allocations.

"It is still the haves who loot the wealth while the disadvantaged feel every facet of the hardship they experience daily in our not so perfect city."

The ACDP has also slammed the proposed budget as being anti-poor.

But de Lille says the municipality provides about R1.1 billion to poor communities through indigent relief.