De Lille set to have a GOOD time in Parliament

2019-05-14 21:52
Patricia de Lille
GOOD leader Patricia de Lille. (File, News24)

GOOD leader Patricia de Lille will head to the National Assembly, joined by her confidante Shaun August, to take up the two seats it gained in the election last week.

GOOD's secretary general Brett Herron will head to the Western Cape legislature.

Around the time De Lille resigned as Cape Town mayor and DA member in October last year, August and Herron left senior political positions at the City of Cape Town – August was the DA's chief whip in city council and Herron a member of its mayoral committee.  

Herron and August were also members of De Lille's previous party, the Independent Democrats (ID), who have followed her in and out of the DA, before being instrumental in starting up GOOD after their acrimonious split from the DA.

Speaking to News24 at the IEC's election centre in Tshwane last week, De Lille said she will focus on corruption once in Parliament.

"We've already started by putting up a corruption desk. So far we've received five e-mails with corruption complaints, I've got another four from different municipalities across the country. So we're going to focus on that, in exposing corruption," she said at the time.

"The second issue that I'm passionate about, is spatial integration. I feel that all of us collectively failed to deal with apartheid spatial planning. And I will certainly be pushing integration in all the cities and towns across our country."

She will also look at the circumstances of vulnerable women.

"Poverty has got a face, it is a woman of colour, it is a black woman. But even when women are working, they're not getting equal pay for equal work."

De Lille is, of course, no rookie to Parliament. She was elected to the first democratic Parliament in 1994 as a PAC MP.

During this period she famously blew the whistle on the arms deal.

In 2003 she "crossed the floor" to break from the PAC and keep her seat for her newly formed ID.

She remained an MP for the ID, until the party merged with the DA in 2010, and De Lille went to the Western Cape provincial government as MEC for Social Development, until she became mayor of Cape Town the following year.

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