- Former Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille has formed her own political party after resigning from the DA
- De Lille said during a press briefing at the weekend: "It is time for a new political order in South Africa"
- The former DA member resigned as mayor of the Mother City on 31 October
Patricia de Lille, former Cape Town mayor and DA member has announced that she will be forming a new political party that will be contesting the 2019 elections in all 9 provinces.
"I really have got enough energy left. It is time for a new political order in South Africa," the ex-mayor said at a briefing on Sunday.
"In my 24 years of serving in elected office I have witnessed the goodness of all South Africans. Politicians, and politics, so very often suffocate that inherent goodness.I want to end that with a new style of politics where youth and experience, men and women, are united at the forefront of making change happen for the good.”
A link to de Lille’s new political movement, For Good, was shared on her Twitter page and contains an outline to the new manifesto:
"I AM PATRICIA DE LILLE AND I BELIEVE IN GOOD. The good don’t tolerate corruption, we fight it. We don’t allow racism, we stand up against it. We don’t neglect the elderly, we learn from and revere them. We don’t fail our children, we care for and educate them. We promote good business, we grow the economy. We don’t stand idle, we help those we see suffering. We don’t spread hate,we spread hope. South Africa needs good people to fight for good people."
At this point in time no further information has been released, except that later in the year the new parties name and brand will be revealed.
In August, Briefly.co.za reported that De Lille agreed to stand down as Mayor of Cape Town. Patricia de Lille and the DA reached a mutual agreement in which they would withdraw all internal disciplinary processes against her.
She is the only post-apartheid mayor to have achieved serving a successful term and being re-elected for a second. But with the odds stacked against her after the infamous Steenhuisen report and the evident mistrust her fellow party members displayed towards her, resigning was an obvious step to take.
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