De Lille claims DA tried to protect JP Smith, blasts Maimane as a failed leader

De Lille claims DA tried to protect JP Smith, blasts Maimane as a failed leader

- Embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said DA leader Mmusi Maimane failed miserably in dealing with the Cape Town leadership crisis

- The mayor said the party and its leaders were protecting Cape Town caucus leader JP Smith at all costs

- The DA’s federal executive is meeting on Friday and Saturday to decide de Lille’s fate

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Embattled City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has lashed out at Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane for his lack of leadership. De Lille said Maimane had failed miserably in dealing with the Cape Town leadership crisis.

De Lille said Maimane had failed to ensure that she was treated in the same manner as Helen Zille, Dianne Kohler Barnard or anyone else in the DA who has faced internal disciplinary proceedings. She said Maimane had allowed himself to be used by her detractors who wanted to get rid of her.

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De Lille said the DA’s refusal to provide documents and other evidence which was used to pen the Steenhuisen Report against her, shows that the DA is trying to protect Cape Town caucus leader JP Smith at all costs.

Briefly.co.za gathered that De Lille’s case challenging the Steenhuisen Report has been postponed because the DA refused to provide her with key pieces of evidence and specifically two documents which are required for the matter to proceed.

The first document is the letter from Smith, which started the entire saga. The letter was addressed to senior DA members and later leaked to the media.

The letter made two allegations against de Lille, one that she shut down the provincial Special Investigations Unit and the second that she had improperly benefited from upgrades to her private residence.

De Lille said without this letter and a full record of evidence the Steenhuisen Report amounted to nothing more than an account of personal feelings and baseless anecdotes.

The mayor did not reveal what the second document related to.

De Lille felt that not only was she being treated unfairly but, but that the treatment could be based on her race. She said white leaders who had gone through similar disciplinary proceedings had not been subjected to such harsh public criticism.

The DA’s federal executive is meeting on Friday and Saturday to discuss de Lille’s fate. She faced two disciplinary processes, including bringing the party into disrepute and one of allegedly interfering in an appointment process.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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