DA tables a motion of no confidence against Mayor Patricia de Lille

2018-01-31 10:07
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It’s official. The Democratic Alliance in Cape Town has been given the go ahead to table a motion of no confidence in mayor Patricia de Lille.

The ANC, on the other hand, has decided to withdraw their motion of no confidence  against De Lille which was due to be debated in council today (Wednesday January 31).

This after the DA caucus voted to table a motion of no confidence against her on Thursday, January 25. At the time, 84 councillors had voted in favour of the motion and 59 voting against.

DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela on Wednesday said the Federal Executive has authorized them to lodge the motion.

“The FedEx has thus authorized the caucus - which has already expressed its lack of confidence in the Mayor by a way of a caucus vote - the right to support the ANC’s motion. While this is an unprecedented move, the ANC correctly in its motion details many, but not all, of the maladministration that the Mayor is responsible for.”

The ANC had already tabled a motion of no confidence in De Lille, due for debate on Wednesday.

“The FedEx has taken this step on the basis that the caucus, and the Party has too lost faith in her leadership. It is therefore in the best interests of the people of Cape Town and good governance – given the threat that Patricia de Lille poses to both – that we have no choice but to remove her as the Mayor.

“This is a demonstration of the fact that we are able to rise above narrow party-political interests and to serve the democratic project in South Africa,” Madikizela said.

He stressed that the party had previously appealed to the ANC to support motions of no confidence tabled by the DA against President Jacob Zuma.

“It is for similar reasons that the FedEx has authorised the caucus to vote for a motion to remove Patricia de Lille. We reached this point due to the untenable and destructive role played by the Mayor.”

The ANC has called for government intervention in Cape Town. “Whilst Patricia De Lille, is the face of a corrupt, dysfunctional municipality as well as a weak, directionless Democratic Alliance (DA) at the City, she is but one cog of a bigger problem that is the DA and its patronage networks within the City,” ANC spokesperson Khusela Diko said.  

“The DA wants to opportunistically hijack the motion of no confidence brought by the ANC against De Lille to resolve their own internal squabbles over resources linked to the City’s water crisis,” she said.


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