Johannesburg - The DA replaced its defected Cape Town
metro chair Grant Pascoe on Tuesday with Shaun August, a councillor from
Pascoe was on Monday reported to have left the DA to join
"Councillor August has been actively involved in
politics for more than a decade, he has been instrumental in various election
campaigns across the country," said DA spokesperson Mart-Marie Haasbroek.
August had also served as the deputy chairperson on the
DA metro executive council since 2012.
"He will remain the acting chairperson for the DA
metro council until the annual general meeting later this year. A new metro
council will then be elected," Haasbroek said in a statement.
Responding to his appointment, August said he was
committed to working with all the residents of the city.
"As the councillor for Ward 67, which includes nine
informal settlements, I have a unique understanding of the needs and challenges
of the residents," August said.
He said he knew the DA was a strong party.
"We are united as one big blue machine to take us
further and maintain and increase the DA support in the metro and the Western
Cape," said August.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Monday she was
not informed by Pascoe of his intentions to jump ship.
She claimed that Pascoe had "chosen to find a new
political home due to his inability to live up to the standards required of DA
She listed what she described as several shortcomings in
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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