Patricia de Lille quits after settling dispute with DA

Cape Town mayor steps aside after ‘clearing name’.
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has decided to part ways with the Democratic Alliance. Picture: Supplied

Patricia de Lille has quit as mayor of Cape Town, she said on Sunday, ending a bitter dispute within South Africa’s main opposition party that has tainted its image ahead of elections next year.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) row with de Lille, whom it appointed as mayor through its control of the city council but later accused of turning a blind eye to corruption, has tarnished its reputation ahead of elections next year when it aims to challenge the ruling African National Congress (ANC)

“Now that the DA have withdrawn the charges against me and I have cleared my name, I have decided to step aside,” she told a televised news conference.

De Lille, whose resignation is effective October 31, has been a mayor of Cape Town since 2011, and has a large support base among fellow mixed-race residents of the city.

The DA, which promotes itself as an alternative to the ANC, elected its first black leader three years ago to widen its appeal among voters, and improved its national credentials by winning control of three major cities in 2016.

However it now faces a resurgent ruling party under new President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has vowed to root out corruption and boost economic growth since the ANC named him to replace scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma.

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And now for H “TWEETER” Zille. Bye.

This whole rumpus has put the DA credibility into question. Lots of time and money went into blowing this whole;e situation out of proportion. Puts the DA and the EFF on the same level. Sadly.

Have not heard any threats of violence, disgusting racism or taunts about ordering the slaughter of another race or seen any blatant thuggery from the DA.

True – but more is expected of the DA and they have managed to shoot themselves in both feet now starting with the Zille debacle.Maimane is a nice guy but DA needs a political heavyweight like Zille.But because she is white it is not an option so the DA loses. Next election will show huge losses for DA. Maimane’s biggest election trump card Zuma is gone so now the DA is falling apart. Sad .

Best run city in SA?

LMFAO

Not much competition for the title anywhere in the country. Should be titled “Best of the Worst”. Nominations?

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