Zille wasn’t here stirring a pot: Sisulu

Comment on this story
Copy of Copy of ca p3 lwandle today done.JPG CAPE ARGUS Nomapheli Pupu holds her three-year-old Ntsindiso as she and her sister Kunjulwa Ntshantsha from the Siyanyanzela informal settlement try to keep warm after they were evicted. Picture: Cindy Waxa

Cape Town - Western Cape premier Helen Zille's absence at a hall for evicted Cape Town shack dwellers was surprising, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday.

“When I went to the community yesterday (Wednesday), I somehow half-expected to see the premier cooking for the community,” she told media in Parliament.

“You know, she has become a super chef. I thought I'd find her stirring a big pot for the community there.”

Sisulu was referring to a recent photo posted on Twitter, which showed a smiling Zille in her Democratic Alliance colours and domestic clothing, stirring a big pot of pap with a stick.

“When I didn't find her there, then I knew she was serious so maybe it should have happened before elections.”

Asked about Sisulu's remarks, Zille described them as “just an attempt to deflect Sanral and the national department from responsibility”.

“I'm not going to stoop to this kind of level,” she said.

Sisulu visited the Nomzamo community hall in Strand on Wednesday evening, where illegal shack dwellers were being provided with hot meals, blankets and mattresses by the city.

Around 846 families living on SA National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) land next to the N2 highway were evicted on the basis of an interim court order, on Monday and Tuesday.

Their shacks were demolished and set alight. Many lost their personal possessions and were left with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

Sisulu said a blame-game had played out the last few days between Sanral and the city of Cape Town.

She said neither the province nor the city wanted to take responsibility.

“They did not think it was a disaster and washed their hands of it.”

Sapa



sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.