In the first big split from the DA since its formation, former senior leader and Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says she will launch a new political party. The yet-to-be named party, which will contest the national elections in 2019, will focus on cities and towns where the former mayor says the country’s potential lies. This is the first time a senior DA leader has formed a new political party following a resignation. De Lille resigned from her position as mayor and from the DA in October after a fallout with the party over governance issues in Cape Town spanning almost two years. Eight councillors resigned in solidarity. Speaking in Cape Town on Sunday, the 67-year-old veteran politician told journalists that she still had enough “energy” left in her to embark on a “new political order” in the country. “I will be launching a new political party which will contest the 2019 national elections. We will put people before politics. We will be on the ground. We will build a better co...

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