Mbalula says the ANC would welcome Patricia de Lille with open arms

Mbalula says the ANC would welcome Patricia de Lille with open arms

- ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, says the ruling party would welcome embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille with open arms

- Mbalula briefed the media on the ANC’s Western Cape election strategy for 2019

- De Lille could fit into the ANC strategy to win back coloured and black voters in the province in the next election

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The African National Congress’ (ANC) head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, says the ruling party would welcome embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille with open arms if she ever decided to leave or got expelled from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Mbalula warned the DA not to throw away a ‘good lover’ such as de Lille, who he feels has done a lot for the DA in the Western Cape and was now being unfairly treated. He said the ANC would be more than happy to have someone like de Lille among its rank and file.

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Mbalula said: “Patricia de Lille has given us a tough time in the metro and she has doubled the numbers for the DA. And then she has pursued an agenda that it seems the DA does not like. Why would I reject such a beautiful person?”

Briefly.co.za gathered that de Lille could fit into the ANC strategy to win back the coloured and black vote in the province in 2019. To this end, the party appointed former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool to head the provincial election campaign.

On Monday, Mbalula briefed the media on the ANC’s election strategy in the Western Cape for 2019.

Speculation about de Lille’s political future came under the spotlight when she attended a memorial service for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela organised by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The DA leadership was not impressed with de Lille’s attendance at the event which led to yet another very public spat between the Cape Town mayor and the DA’s national leadership.

De Lille has publicly stated she has no intention to leave the DA just yet and intends to fight the disciplinary charges against her.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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