Members of the Democratic Alliance’s Cape metro caucus say a lack of confidence in Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille’s leadership has led to the recommendation for her to be removed from her position.
The metro executive met yesterday where it expressed concern about De Lille’s fitness to continue leading the city and adopted a recommendation to have her unseated.
The recommendation will now be taken to the DA’s provincial and federal leadership, which will have to make a decision on how to act on the matter.
“The executive in Cape Town met and discussed the possibility and we felt that as the leader of the city of Cape Town we have lost confidence in her and we asked the leadership to consider our recommendations to have her removed,” said Cape metro regional chairperson Grant Twigg.
One of the main issues behind the move, Twigg said, was De Lille’s subsequent reaction to an independent investigation by law firm Bowman Gilfillan in which she was accused of attempting to cover up alleged corruption and tender fraud in the city.
“At the last council meeting, the DA caucus in council made a recommendation which council accepted and adopted in so far as the report of independent investigation … for it to be accepted and she has gone as far as fighting that,” Twigg said.
The move by the Cape Town caucus has cast more uncertainty on De Lille’s future in the DA, which is currently running a separate, internal investigation into her conduct.
An internal party investigation led by parliamentary whip John Steenhuisen has probed allegations that De Lille mismanaged her caucus leading to rising tensions in the structure.
This weekend, the federal executive will consider De Lille’s submissions on the allegations made against her and will make a final decision on whether or not to force her to step down.
De Lille has accused the party of treating her unfairly and failing to follow due process and says she intends on taking legal action depending on the outcome of the federal executive meeting.