ANC and DA battle over Ramaphosa's claim they underspent on housing

ANC and DA battle over Ramaphosa's claim they underspent on housing

The Democratic Alliance has accused Cyril Ramaphosa of 'misleading' residents while, campaigning in the Cape Flats. The president had claimed that the opposition party had not spent their entire housing budget, which the DA has strongly denied.

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The ANC and the DA are apparently at war over allegations that President Cyril Ramaphosa had lied to Western Cape residents about the opposition party's housing delivery.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, head of the DA in the region, has commented, refuting Ramaphosa's claim that his party had failed to spend R1.7 billion of it's allocated housing budget as dishonest electioneering:

"The truth is that the Western Cape department of Human Settlements is the leading department in housing delivery in the country - as indicated in the Presidency report which clearly shows that the Western Cape is outperforming in almost all the other provinces in the Outcome 8 indicators."

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The ANC has since denied Madikizela's allegation that Ramaphosa had been dishonest, releasing a statement of their own, detailing:

"Madikizela ... accused the President of lying. After interrogating the issue, we know of at least R1bn which was unspent, as well as a further R1.1bn which should have been used to provide water, sanitation, basic toilets and electricity to informal settlements. This failure has had a direct impact on people."

According to News24, Ebrahim Rasool has rejected the DA's allegations, with ANC leadership in the province agreeing with Ramaphosa that under-spending in this case was 'criminal'.

Rasool had further questioned Madikizela's own position on the matter, saying that the politician had appeared before the Parliamentary Monitoring Group in 2018:

"Madikizela said then that the province's expenditure patterns did not paint a good picture. He admitted that the City of Cape Town was faced with numerous challenges and constraints in servicing informal settlements. In that Parliamentary hearing, Madikizela also named these challenges as unplanned and dense settlements, which made it difficult to install services, community ownership, and a high level of theft and vandalism."

The ANC now demands an apology from Madikizela to the president, insisting that he had indeed been correct.

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