- Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has broken her silence about her controversial attendance of the EFF’s memorial service for Winnie Madikizela Mandela
- De Lille said she would not be drawn into making her appearance at the event on Wednesday a sideshow
- The Cape Town Mayor said she went to honour a special friend which she regarded as a sister
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has broken her silence about attending the EFF’s memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Brandfort, Free State on Wednesday. De Lille said she would not let her attendance of the event become a sideshow.
DA leaders demanded an explanation from de Lille for not informing party officials of her intention to attend the event. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said de Lille should have informed the party’s leaders out of common courtesy.
DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe said the issue was not that de Lille had attended an event organised by another political party, but that she had not followed official party protocol. He said if he had given a simple explanation to officials the entire mess could have been avoided.
Briefly.co.za gathered that de Lille initially refused to comment on the matter because she went to the event to pay her respects to Madikizela-Mandela.
Earlier on Thursday de Lille tweeted that she had attended the event to honour a fallen friend, who she saw as a sister and had worked with in the past.
De Lille and Madikizela-Mandela had a close working relationship in years gone by and by all accounts were great friends.
The Cape Town Mayor is currently facing internal disciplinary action from the DA. The party has accused her of misconduct and bringing the organisation into disrepute.
De Lille remembers the last time she spoke to Madikizela-Mandela.
“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
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