With day zero fast approaching and the DA-led Council bungling efforts to avert a total disaster in Cape Town, the ANC-led National Government continues to stonewall any emergency relief efforts to help avoid the impending disaster unfolding in Cape Town says Jack Miller, leader of the Cape Party.
“These actions are reminiscent of Joseph Stalin’s Berlin blockade of 1948 in which Stalin spitefully closed the city down, and goods had to be airlifted in for more than a year” says Miller
Miller believes that the ANC-led national government’s blockade of funds to the Western Cape constituted an act of war against the people of Cape Town and the Western Cape.
Miller cited the Division of Revenue Bill in which the City of Cape Town alone contributes R150 Billion in taxes to the treasury and receives only R2 Billion in return to supplement the city’s annual budget
“The theft is greater than most people believe. 86% of the city budget is already drawn from the pockets of Capetonians in rates and levies. The national government only gives back 5% of what they collect. We are demanding SOME of the money collected in Cape Town to be returned to alleviate the crisis” say Miller
Miller attributed the crisis to poor governance at all levels.
“It is an outrage that the city’s water augmentations schemes are behind schedule and will only take effect AFTER the city runs out of water”
Miller stated that Cape Town was not helped by infighting and instability within the Western Cape DA.
“Patricia De Lille was evidently the wrong choice for Mayor. She has been sidelined in part because of her mismanagement of the water crisis, but the question is: Why did the DA take so long to act?”