The Democratic Alliance (DA) A has announced that its federal executive has authorised a motion of no confidence in Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.
This was because for the first time in Cape Town’s history, a council-mandated investigation was of the view that a sitting mayor demonstrated behaviour which constituted gross misconduct.
These findings were supported by the Auditor General downgrading the City of Cape Town’s audit status from clean, to unqualified with conditions.
For months, De Lille has been the focus of several serious allegations and claims, many of which have been levelled at her by colleagues.
The ANC was expected to table a motion of no confidence in de Lille during a council meeting today.
DA’s Western Cape Leader Bonginkosi Madikizela said the the Fedex authorized the DA caucus City to lodge a motion of no confidence in De Lille.
“This is due to a number of reasons which have led to this unprecedented move. The Mayor has also been removed from directing the City’s response to the current prolonged drought. Her failure to manage this correctly and to communicate accurate information has played a material role in the current public panic and negatively impeded the City’s response to the current crisis,” he said.
Madikizela claimed that De Lille “actively withheld information, misdirected officials, delayed budget decisions, interfered with project plans and undermined the rollout of augmentation projects as a result”.
“Furthermore, she failed to push national government to fulfill its legal responsibilities – at the cost and risk to the residents of Cape Town. This is in of itself has posed a massive governance risk,” he said.
Madikizela said for the first time in Cape Town’s history, a Council-mandated independent investigation took the view that the sitting Mayor had demonstrated behaviour and actions which constituted gross misconduct, gross dereliction of duty, and conduct that amounted to deceiving Council.
“This was on the basis of extensive prima facie evidence before the Council which included the Mayor’s own representations. These prima facie findings have been supported by the fact that the Auditor-General has downgraded the City’s audit status from clean, to unqualified with conditions.
“This is untenable for a DA government to see a deterioration in its audit status, especially when such a regression is the direct result of the conduct of the Mayor herself. This is wholly unacceptable and is not in line with the DA’s commitment to clean, open and accountable governance,” he said