De Lille given until new year to defend her job

Cape Town - 170817 - The CityÕs Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, today briefed the media on the CityÕs water resilience plan. The City has commenced procuring and commissioning, in a staged way, various augmentation schemes with the intention of making available up to 500 Ml/day of non-surface water. Picture: David Ritchie

CAPE TOWN – The top brass of the Democratic Alliance have given Mayor Patricia de Lille an early Christmas gift in the form of an extension until the new year to defend her job. The chairperson of the DA’s federal executive, James Selfe told media that De Lille had requested an extension, which was granted.

“The matter will now be heard in the new year. I would not like to speculate on anything, but the decision would have to be taken by the City caucus. We have had cases in Knysna where the caucus decided for itself,” Selfe said.

He said it was too early to speculate when asked about a planned motion of no confidence in De Lille.  DA metropolitan regional chairperson, Grant Twigg, said in reply to a Facebook post: “I really don’t know why some people get so many extensions, while others just have to accept what comes their way.”

The party’s federal executive announced on Thursday that De Lille would be suspended from party activities- pending investigations- and that they had asked her to give reasons why she must not resign as Mayor.

A probe into allegations of maladministration conducted by a DA subcommittee led by John Steenhuisen, DA chief whip in parliament, has been concluded and will soon be presented.

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