Cape Town - Former DA Cape Town metro chairperson Grant Pascoe has reportedly described party leader Helen Zille as neurotic and said his defection to the ANC was his way of “sticking it to her”.
According to the Sunday Times, Pascoe has accused Zille of lying and has said his decision to defect had been a long time coming. He denied allegations that he had financial problems and that he had accepted a car and R1m to join the ANC.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said last week she was not informed by Pascoe of his intentions to jump ship. She claimed however, that Pascoe had "chosen to find a new political home due to his inability to live up to the standards required of DA public representatives".
She listed what she described as several shortcomings in his performance.
Welcomed by ANC
The ANC, which announced Pascoe's defection, welcomed him
into the party.
"Councillor Pascoe joins an overwhelming number of
South Africans, who despite finding themselves in other political parties,
recognise the ANC as the only organisation with the track record, capacity and
determination to build a South Africa," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said
in a statement.
"Comrade Pascoe joins as an ordinary member of the
organisation, and will assist our efforts to win back the Western Cape."
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