- Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has lost a motion of no confidence vote by the party’s Cape Town caucus
- Cape Town caucus leader, JP Smith says de Lille’s future now rests in the hands of the DA’s Federal Executive
- De Lille has refused to go down without a fight and released a video of herself wearing boxing gloves on social media
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) City of Cape Town caucus has voted in favour of removing Patricia de Lille as the mayor of the mother city. The caucus voted in favour of a motion of no confidence against the embattled mayor on Wednesday night.
Caucus leader JP Smith said member would request the DA’s Federal Executive to remove de Lille. Smith said the results and recommendations of the caucus would be handed over to the Federal Executive, which would ultimately make the decision on de Lille’s future as mayor.
De Lille has refused to go down without a fight and released a video on social media of herself sporting a pair of boxing gloves. She said she would make representations to the DA’s Federal Executive in her defence, as this as she understood was the next step in the process.
Briefly.co.za gathered that before the meeting started de Lille said she was willing to challenge the constitutionality of the DA’s recall clause in court.
The meeting lasted for about three hours, during which time 138 councillors took part in the debate and voted by means of secret ballot. Smith said the entire meeting was conducted in a calm and respectful manner.
Smith said: “That result will be communicated to FedEx with the outcome of the voting and the ballot. And the rest of the process is now in the hands of the federal executive of the DA. What is important for us was that the entire debate was held in a very calm and dignified manner.”
According to Smith, two-thirds of the caucus voted in favour of bringing a new motion of no confidence against de Lille. The DA claims de Lille has brought the party into disrepute by publicly criticising the party and how it has handled her disciplinary process.
The caucus also claims de Lille stated she would no longer cooperate with the DA.
De Lille released a statement in addition to the video, her statement reads as follows:
Tonight the majority of the DA councillors in the City of Cape Town voted in favour of a motion of no confidence in me.
This motion was brought on various grounds, all of which I disputed and asked the councillors today for evidence of so-called breaches they listed as reasons for the motion of no confidence.
I asked for examples of where I breached the councillors’ code of conduct, the DA’s constitution or the conditions of my suspension.
I also asked for examples of where I made statements which brought this party into disrepute after I pointed out that every statement I have made about the allegations against me has been in response to comments made by other DA members.
I pointed out that it could not be fair that my name, integrity and reputation is damaged and that I could not be allowed to defend myself publicly.
I also reminded the DA councillors that the Bill of Rights in our country’s Constitution guarantees our freedom of speech.
It is clear that councillors voted with their stomachs and represented their jackets.
I asked councillors whether they discussed the motion of no confidence and whether they had a mandate from their branches.
Councillors are not in Council as individuals, they represent constituencies and I asked whether the councillors received a mandate from the people they represent.
Over the past eight months, I have received thousands of messages of support from residents across Cape Town so it is clear that this motion was driven by individuals’ feelings and not the public’s will.
Be that as it may, I will make representations to the DA Federal Executive as I understand this to be the next step in the process.
The only sure thing about the current power struggle in the DA is that it will likely continue to rage on for the foreseeable future.
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