140227. Cape Town. Hundreds of protesters are seen protesting along Nelson Mandela Blvd, on their way towards the city centre. In the background smoke can be seen from a vegetation fire alledgedly started by the protesters in District six. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

The DA has once more used the City of Cape Town in its dirty tactics to hide its dismal failure in the provision of services, writes Masonwabe Sokoyi.

Cape Town - The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Western Cape condemns in the strongest terms the deprivation of the rights of the people of the Western Cape by what we regard as the resurgence of apartheid policies by the DA government.

Indeed, the true ideological colours of the DA are becoming more visible, as its leaders try in vain to project it in a positive light.

We learnt with disgust of the deprivation of the people of Khayelitsha of their right to “assembly, demonstrate, picket and petition” as enshrined in our hard-won constitution.

It reminds us of the Verwoerd style of governance when we see public institutions being used to suppress the expression of our people to voice their frustrations about the deplorable conditions they are subjected to by the Western Cape government.

The DA has once more used the City of Cape Town in its dirty tactics to hide its dismal failure in the provision of services. This is a wake-up call for all democrats to stand against this anarchy.

These working-class communities who were denied a right to march by the City of Cape Town are not criminals but are just yearning for their voices to be heard by those in positions of authority.

We urge all citizens of the Western Cape to stand up and protect what the likes of Chris Hani and other revolutionaries stood for.

This is a cause that the great leader of our revolution, comrade Nelson Mandela, sacrificed his entire life for. Helen Zille’s attitude that “there is no government that can provide better services” is a direct contradiction of the National Democratic Revolution.

The Western Cape government has been privatised and run by consultants who rake the profits to the detriment of the downtrodden.

If Zille accepts that she can’t provide better services to the poor, we should collectively join hands and topple her from her high horse through the ballot and other democratic practices.

As the SACP in the Western Cape, we have no doubt that these struggles address the core ideology of the DA, which subordinates human needs to profit maximisation.

We maintain the Western Cape is a better administration without the DA and call on all citizens to use their democratic rights to challenge this autocratic administration.

* Masonwabe Sokoyi is the provincial spokesperson of the SACP

** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Newspapers.

Cape Argus