Dan Plato To Be Sworn In After De Lille Quits

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato will be Cape Town's next mayor. PICTURE: David Ritchie/African News Agency (ANA)

CAPE TOWN: Democratic Alliance (DA) Mayor-elect for Cape Town Dan Plato will be sworn in today as a councillor.

Plato ascendency to the mayorship comes after Patricia de Lille publicly resigned as Cape Town Mayor on Wednesday. He has served under numerous portfolios in the DA, having previously served as DA Mayor in the City of Cape Town.

Plato will today be sworn in as a councillor and subsequently replace De Lille as a mayor after a special city council meeting that will be convened next week to elect a new executive mayor.

Plato says ensuring public safety will remain his priority once he becomes mayor. He says there’s a need to increase police visibility in some communities.

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“Looking at the Western Cape Government to the National Commissioner of Police for the deployment of about 1000 police reservists if we can get that done I think it will help us a great deal with regard to dealing with visible policing in our communities,” said speaking to SABC. 

Cape Town residents had this to say about the future mayor.  “I hope the person who will come in will bring stability within the city,” says one resident.

“I actually don’t care who is there or not. It doesn’t bother me because they do nothing for us,” said another angry resident. 

The DA is also working on replacing seven other councillors who’ve resigned in support of De Lille in Cape Town.

The party has welcomed De Lille’s resignation as mayor and party member. It says it notes allegations of racism made by De Lille and other councillors and will continue to prioritise the needs of all Capetonians.