De Lille lambasts DA’s regional leadership and questions its mandate
The Cape Town mayor says the campaign against her is purely about power
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has lambasted calls by the DA’s regional leadership for her to be axed, and has accused the structure of being in a hurry to give her job to the party’s provincial leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela.
"The regional executive chaired by Grant Twigg is meant to represent DA branches as well as DA members. The regional executive, therefore, needs to provide the proof of when they met with the branches and what mandate they received from the branches‚" De Lille said.
She also said she had received numerous calls from DA branch members who said they had not been consulted on the statement by the regional executive, nor had they given them the mandate.
"It is clear that the regional executive are confused about their role and function. This is yet another example of the flagrant disregard for process within the DA in their rush to get rid of me and make Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela the next executive mayor‚" De Lille said.
She was referring to rumours that Madikizela‚ who was elected as provincial leader in August 2017‚ was earmarked to be the next mayor of Cape Town. Madikizela previously told TimesLIVE that he would go where the party sent him. But he also stated that becoming the next premier of the Western Cape was not his goal.
De Lille said the latest moves by the Cape Metro region illustrated that attacks on her were about power and positions.