While campaigning in Cape Town, President Ramaphosa said the DA was granted money for housing but returned it to Pretoria without using it, the DA hit back.
While campaigning in Delft, Cape Town, on Friday, 22 March 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the housing issue in the Western Cape (WC), stating that many people have been on the list awaiting houses for more than ten years. He also claimed that the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) housing department failed to spend the R1.7 billion allocated budget but instead, returned it back to Treasury.
“The saddest part is that the province and the local government has returned R1.7 billion back to Treasury for housing projects where the money was not spent … Spending money on housing is about development, it’s about giving people their dignity. I take a very deep view of any structure of government that returns money to Treasury, having not spent the money,” he said.
On Saturday, 23 March 2019, the leader of the DA in the Western Cape, Bonginkosi Madikizela, issued a statement in which he called the president a liar.
“This is a blatant lie and the crassest from of dishonest electioneering,” he said, referring to the budget allocation allegation by President Ramaphosa.
“The truth is that the Western Cape department of Human Settlements is the leading department in housing delivery in the country – as indicated in the Presidency report which clearly shows that the Western Cape is outperforming in almost all the other provinces in the Outcome 8 indicators.”
During the same campaign, President Ramaphosa said that he was not worried about the African National Congress (ANC) losing votes due to the load shedding that engulfed the country throughout last week.
“No, I’m not worried.
“The people of South Africa are being given the full information, and we are being open and transparent.”