De Lille: Maimane offered to make me an MP if I resigned as Capet Town mayor

De Lille: Maimane offered to make me an MP if I resigned as Capet Town mayor

- Patricia de Lille’s membership from the DA was revoked on Tuesday

- De Lille has challenged the decision in court and is currently still the mayor of Cape Town

- She revealed that DA leader Mmusi Maimane offered her a position as an MP in Parliament in return for her resignation as mayor of Cape Town

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Patricia de Lille has told radio host Eusebius McKaiser that Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane offered her a position as a Member of Parliament in return for her voluntary resignation as mayor of Cape Town.

De Lille’s membership from the DA was revoked on Tuesday. The DA said de Lille’s public remarks about resigning was in clear contradiction of the party’s constitution.

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De Lille has challenged the DA’s decision in court which means the city of Cape Town in effect has no mayor until Friday when the court makes its ruling. The city can only declare a vacancy in the mayor’s office after the court makes its ruling.

Briefly.co.za gathered that de Lille has been asked to vacate her office and return all the City of Cape Town’s property and assets.

In the interview, de Lille questioned the legality of the DA’s clause which states that any member who publicly declares his or her intention to resign as a member of the party will have their membership terminated.

De Lille said Maimane himself threatened to resign from the party in 2015 unless certain changes were made, yet she noted his membership has never been in question.

De Lille has asked the court to reinstate her membership for a period of five weeks, which she said would be enough time for her to clear her name and prove her innocence.

She lashed out at the DA’s national leadership for not making evidence she specifically requested in court documents available to her, yet releasing those same documents to the media.

De Lille also revealed she and Maimane were no longer on speaking terms, but confirmed he personally offered her a position as an MP in the National Assembly if she walked away from the mayorship of Cape Town.

Maimane has as yet not made any comments on this matter.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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