D-Day For Embattled Mayor Patricia de Lille

PICTURE: Esa Alexander

CAPE TOWN: Today Cape Town Mayor Patricia  de Lille faces an internal DA city council caucus vote of no confidence. 

It’s another day of reckoning for de Lille. She will on Wednesday face a motion of no confidence from the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Cape Town caucus.

Last week, the DA’s Federal Executive granted the caucus permission to vote on an internal motion of no confidence in the embattled mayor. The battle lines have been drawn as De Lille prepares to face yet another motion of no confidence.

In February, De Lille survived a motion brought by the DA through a vote of the full council. This time however, only the mayor’s DA colleagues will decide her fate.

Today’s vote will mark the first time the party tests its new constitutional amendment to recall an office bearer in whom they have lost confidence. If the motion passes, she will have to make representations to the DA’s Federal Executive as to why she should keep her job.

The Fedex can then ask her to resign, or lose her party membership.

The DA caucus meeting will take place after a scheduled council sitting, which may be De Lille’s last as mayor.