- EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu has accused the DA of being on a witch hunt for Patricia de Lille after she attended an EFF memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
- The DA’s leadership has demanded de Lille explain why she had not informed party officials of her plan to attend the event
- De Lille and Madikizela-Mandela had a close relationship and work together in the past
EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu has slammed the DA for demanding answers from the Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, after she attended an EFF memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Brandfort, Free State, on Wednesday.
DA leaders want to know why de Lille had not informed party officials that she would be attending the EFF event. DA federal council chairperson James Selfe said de Lille would have to explain why she did not follow official party protocol.
"This is evidently a witch hunt by the lily white liberals‚" Shivambu tweeted on Thursday. He noted that other DA members in the Free State also attended the memorial service.
Briefly.co.za gathered that de Lille declined to comment on the matter and said the important thing was that she went to pay respect to a friend. She said she respected Madikizela because she knew her as a mother and a close friend.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said: “I have in the past spoken on different platforms with other parties. The Mayor of Cape Town could have been courteous and informed the party accordingly as would be of any member of the DA. Disciplinary action is not about that, it’s about accountability for Cape Town.”
Selfe said all it would have taken from de Lille to avoid the fuss was to give party officials a simple explanation.
De Lille’s appearance at the EFF event raised eyebrows and has reignited rumours that she would be joining the party. She still faces internal disciplinary action.
De Lille has rubbished the claims and said she was focused on clearing her name. She told the crowd that Madikizela-Mandela had called her before her death and asked her about her current problems.
“The last time she phoned me must be in December ... she said: ‘what are these boys doing to you man? Those boys don’t know who they are dealing with’‚ and she laughed and laughed and laughed. And I said: ‘Mama Winnie‚ I have got it under control but thank you for your support’‚” said De Lille.
De Lille said she had been invited to the event by Madikizela-Mandela’s family.
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