Helen Zille approached about replacing De Lille as Cape Town mayor

Helen Zille approached about replacing De Lille as Cape Town mayor

- The Western Cape Premier Helen Zille confirmed that she has been approached about the possibility of returning to serve as Cape Town mayor

- However, Zille said she wants to finish her term as premier before taking on anything else

- The City of Cape Town will need a new mayor by 31 October, when Patricia de Lille's resignation takes effect

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Helen Zille is currently the Western Cape Premier but members of the DA have approached her about replacing Patricia de Lille as the mayor of Cape Town.

Zille was the Cape Town mayor for 3 years until 2009. News24 reports that Zille confirmed being talked to about the replacement but intended to finish her term as premier.

Zille stated that she won't be able to continue serving as Western Cape Premier next year but there are many things she could be doing.

The Western Cape premier added that she did not rule out any possibilities, although she has not given the idea of returning to serve as Cape Town mayor a lot of thought.

Zille did not wish to mention the names of the members that approached her about returning to fill the mayor's shoes in Cape Town. She feels it is humbling that she is considered.

She also said she has a term plan and some "game changers" and milestones that are very important that needs to be reached. She is working hard to achieve as much as she can while she's still premier.

Zille said she's not considering retirement yet. This is Zille's 13th year in an executive role in government.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Western Cape leaders would be meeting next week to find a replacement for de Lille. A new mayor would have to be elected before the 31st of October, when de Lille's resignation takes effect.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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