DA Questions De Lille’s Attendance To EFF Memorial Service For Winnie

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FREE-STATE: The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it sees Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille’s attendance to the memorial of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Brandfort a bit odd.

De Lille is expected to explain her attendance to the memorial service of Winnie Madikizela Mandela organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Brandfort in the Free-State on Wednesday to the DA high officials.

The DA was caught by surprise when they saw De Lille’s on the program as the special mayor and now seek answers to her attendance to the event without informing the party.

DA federal council chairperson James Selfe said: “There are other occasions where we speak at other people’s rallies and that’s an exceptional circumstance. But to have done so without any consultation is a little odd.”

De Lille is currently facing allegations of mismanagement of the City of Cape Town as the Mayor and her attendance to the service has now added tension between her and the party.

Although De Lille presented her speech on her own personal capacity but questions still arose about her commitment to the DA.

De Lille spoke about what she learnt from Madikizela-Mandela: “One of the things that Mam’ Winnie taught me was that politics was not for sissies. There were no rules for men. There were no rules for women. But she played the rules better than all of them,” De Lille said.