By Dumezweni Ndweni
JOHANNESBURG: Former Cape Town City mayor has labeled her ousting as a win for the conservative people in the DA.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced that the party ousted Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille from the party in a press conference earlier today citing Section 22.214.171.124 of the DA Constitution, which says any member of the party ceases to be a member once they declare in public their intentions to leave the party.
De Lille is reportedly to have done this in an interview on April 26 with a talk radio host, Eusebius Mckaiser on Radio702.
There had been numerous attempts by DA to get rid off her this year. In February, de Lille survived a motion of no confidence as the mayor of Cape Town. However, in April her Caucus members voted for her removal as mayor of the city and handed the matter to the Federal Executive (FedEx) who delivered the news of her ousting earlier today.
De Lille soon after that addressed the media following the decision of the party to rescind her membership. She said that in 2014 she approached the party and informed them that she would like to transform the city of Cape Town.
“I produced an organisational development transformation plan in 2014, because I realised that if I want to take the city to the next level, you have to change the methodology of planning, if you plan the same way you get the same results, I produced this draft transformation plan. That’s where things started going wrong, people didn’t like the word transformation,” de Lille said.
Internal race and transformation issues have been a thorn on DA’s side for some time since 2013 when former Parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko and former DA leader Helen Zille had a conflict. Mazibuko and Zille fallout regarding issues of economic inclusion for blacks and equality, the conflict led to her leaving the party.
In March this year two DA MPs Gavin Davis and Micheal Cardo sent formal letter to party members objecting the terms of the proposed clause which include racial transformation and demographic representation.
The diversity clause contains that and the embattled DA leader Mmusi Maimane wants it to be added to the party’s Constitution. And with the leader allegedly under fire for his comments about white privileges, the DA find itself in a tricky situation.