DA Suspends De Lille From Party Related Activities

PICTURE: AFP / Gianluigi Guercia

Lindiwe Masango

Following an investigation of maladministration in the Cape Town City, the Democratic Alliance (DA) sub-committee has suspended Mayor Patricia De Lille from his post and all DA related activities.

The DA has confirmed the suspension and it has further asked De Lille to provide reasons to the DA explaining why she should not resign as mayor.

The DA says that the process of suspension has now been concluded and there’s appropriate cause for concern over De Lille’s leadership.

In October De Lille and mayoral committee member JP Smith were placed on suspension after differences over the closure of a special investigating unit became a public argument.

The DA says its sub-committee tasked with investigating tensions within its city caucus has found sufficient management and governance-related challenges that are negatively affecting the running of the city.

Following the findings by the party’s executive committee, has now asked Patricia de Lille to defend her position as mayor.

The DA says it is important that it gets to the bottom of the allegations and if necessary it will make immediate leadership changes.

“For now De Lille and Smith remain suspended and no further action has been taken against them,” says Federal executive chairperson James Selfe.

Selfe further said the matter will be discussed in detail at the federal executive meeting next week but until the issue of the suspension matter is settled there will be no stirring up of emotions when discussing the matter.