Anti-drug posters a 'De Lille ego trip'
The ANC has attacked a new anti-drug campaign fronted by Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, saying it was nothing more than an effort to boost her profile ahead of a provincial leadership contest in October.
The leader of the ANC in the Western Cape legislature, Lynne Brown, said the posters displayed the image of De Lille and the DA's party "colours" more prominently than the anti-drug message.
But De Lille's spokesman Solly Malatsi called Brown's criticism misplaced, likening it to a "do-nothing" approach to the scourge of drug abuse in Cape Town.
"The posters she refers to are but one part of a broader campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and reach out to those who need the city's help to overcome their addictions.
"[The posters] display toll-free numbers that addicts or families and friends of addicts can dial to seek help from the city's rehabilitation centres," said Malatsi.
De Lille was not available to comment as she is out of the country on holiday.
Malatsi said Brown's "hyperventilated" concerns about the costs of the campaign's posters smacked of hypocrisy.
"If she cares as much as she claims she does about taxpayers' money, she would be well advised to persuade her colleagues in the national government to stop squandering hundreds of thousands of rand on self-promotional adverts that have nothing to do with service delivery," said Malatsi.
But Brown insisted the posters showed De Lille' s megalomania "in its worst form".
"The ANC minister's messages are never in black, green or gold - they're in the colours of the state," said Brown.
She suggested that De Lille was being primed to take over the reins from current Western Cape DA leader Theuns Botha.
So far, the only person who has thrown his hat into the provincial leadership contest is Cultural Affairs and Sports MEC Ivan Meyer, currently the DA's deputy federal chairman and a close ally of Botha.