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WC govt growing frustrated by lack of drought relief support from govt

MEC Anton Bredell says the province has not received a cent from national coffers.

FILE: Eight provinces, including the Western Cape, have been declared disaster zones.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government says it's growing frustrated by what it calls a lack of drought relief support from national government.

Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen last week announced eight provinces, including the Western Cape, have been declared disaster zones.

But Local Government MEC Anton Bredell says the province has not received a cent from national coffers.

During a sitting of the Western Cape Legislature last week, Bredell expressed frustration that no national funding had been released to the province.

Bredell says the province is constantly told national government does not have the money.

"The same national government that spent R10 million on cars for the president's wives [says] there's no money to help desperate, black areas with their water challenges."

The Cooperative Governance Department says it has assisted in the drilling of boreholes in many parts of the country, but could not provide details on the Western Cape.

It has also not responded to questions regarding funding to the province.

WATCH: Facing a dry future: How bad is the water crisis really?

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