Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and a member of her mayoral committee‚ JP Smith‚ have been placed on special leave from Democratic Alliance activities after a public war of words. DA leader Mmusi Maimane acted against the pair after a meeting on Monday night at which he asked them to explain themselves‚ a party statement said on Tuesday. “Following that meeting‚ Mr Maimane has placed Mayor de Lille and Cllr Smith on special leave from DA activities in the Cape Town Metro until such time as a DA federal executive investigation can be concluded‚” said DA spokesman Phumzile van Damme.. In a statement on Monday‚ De Lille said she had asked her lawyers about the “appropriate course of action” to take after Smith and members of the city council internal investigations unit allegedly made “malicious and defamatory remarks” about her. At the centre of the spat is the disbanding of Cape Town’s special investigations unit‚ which fell under Smith’s safety and security portfolio. The Times re...

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