- In a report published by Ratings Afrika, the Western Cape has come out on top when it comes to provincial organization and service delivery
- The Democratic Alliance (DA), who run the Western Cape, feel that this is a direct reflection on the success of the party
- The African National Congress (ANC), however, feels that these statistics do not necessarily reflect the realities of the majority of those living in the province
The Western Cape has been deemed the best-run province in South Africa.
The verdict was gathered by Ratings Africa, who has recently released a report that assesses municipalities’ service delivery and infrastructure maintenance.
According to IOL, on top of the Western Cape being named the best-run province, Cape Town scored the title of best-run metropolitan city of its size and Swartland (Malmesbury) has been deemed the top municipality.
While all these factions are run by the DA, Swartland is closely followed by the ANC-run Senqu (Lady Grey, Eastern Cape), when it comes to top municipalities.
Briefly.co.za gathered that former mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, feels that these statistics reflect well on the DA’s management.
De Lille was mayor during the time period that was being assessed by Ratings Afrika and the ex-mayor proudly explained that she helped Cape Town process 7 clean audits, consecutively.
“This did not happen by accident. It came about by design. I kept a close watch on the city’s financial performance. In this way, we managed risks and planned for a sound balance sheet,” De Lille gushed.
However, the ANC is skeptical of the DA’s jubilant reaction, as well as the verdict on the Western Cape.
Cape Town ANC caucus leader, Xolani Sotashe, suggests that there is a darker picture lying under the flashy statistics.
“As we speak now, residents are up in arms. Cape Town is the most unequal city in the world, the capital of murder in South Africa. If they were running a city very well, that shouldn’t be a problem,” Sotashe explained.
EFF MP, Nazier Paulsen, agreed with Sotashe, claiming that these numbers mean nothing to the residents of Cape Town who are living below the breadline.
“All the report says is that DA-led Cape Town is the best of a bad bunch,” Paulsen scoffed.
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