CONFIRMED: Patricia de Lille Agrees To Step Down

Former DA member and Mayor of City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille has formed a new party. PICTURE: SA People

CAPE TOWN: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is to resign on October 31. DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced in a joint press briefing in Cape Town.

“Patricia de Lille has agreed to resign the office of Mayor, effective 31 October 2018,” Maimane says. 

This follows a long legal and political tussle between De Lille and the DA. The DA-controlled city council has stripped her of her executive powers but failed to remove her in a motion of no confidence.

The DA leader says this agreement is an opportunity to close a “difficult chapter in our history and to open a new one. We will continue to put the people first in all we do.”

Earlier the Mail&Guardian reported that “three sources inside the party have confirmed that De Lille has tendered her resignation. 

The mayor will remain a member of the DA, but will no longer face the disciplinary hearing that was expected to begin this week. In an earlier agreement in July, De Lille and the DA had agreed the hearing would be open to the media.