Zille: We give poor most of the pie
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has said that, contrary to the ANC Youth League's claims, her provincial government had spent 76% of its budget on the poor.
The league has repeatedly accused the DA-led province of disregarding poor people.
The DA leader said the recent service - delivery protests in Khayelitsha, and other areas along Cape Town's N2 highway, had more to do with ANC internal politics than legitimate complaints.
"This is about the internal conflicts within the ANC because [the league] doesn't like people who support Jacob Zuma.
"They are trying to displace the internal hierarchy in the [electoral] list selection for 2014," said Zille.
Earlier, she said that, since Cape Town metro league leader Khaya Yozi had taken over the mantle of firebrand Julius Malema, the DA's recruitment figures had rocketed.
On Monday, more than 3000 league supporters marched to Zille's office, demanding improved service delivery, better housing and a halt to the planned closure of 27 schools in Western Cape.
Zille said poverty could be ended within a generation by creating employment opportunities.
"That's what the debate should be about: which set of policies offers pathways out of poverty within a generation," said Zille.
But Yozi asked for proof.
"Where is the 76% she claims that was spent? We haven't seen it," he said.
He denied that the protests were driven by political concerns and were not about poverty.