The Politics of Service Delivery


Housing remains a politicised problem in South Africa.

A debate hosted by Radio 786 at the City Council this morning proved that there is much blame being hurled at the ANC-led national government, and previous administrators of the City of Cape Town.

The so-called temporary relocation site, known as Blikkiesdorp, has grown over the past 15 years, with its residents left in relative squalor.

The Cape Coloured Congress leader, Fadiel Adams says that Blikkiesdorp has become a crime-ridden area.

But the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Cape Metro Deputy Chair Zahid Badroodien says that houses are being built, which includes 13 000 housing developments under construction this year.

He has been accused of scapegoating Cape Town’s previous mayor, Patricia de Lille.

The DA’s management of City resources has come under fire, as political parties decried the impact that this has had on the poor.

They accused the DA-led City Council of using the Day Zero scare to justify the vast water restrictions, and high cost of water, especially to the poor.

Referring to the City’s R 3 billion rates write-off application process, Adams questioned whether the poor had benefited , or if businesses made up the bulk of this concession.

[Header image: Radio 786]


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