After the DA’s metro executive recommended that she be sacked, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille revealed she is aware of plans to replace her with provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela.
De Lille has lost the confidence of the DA’s metro executive, under the leadership of Grant Twigg, which has recommended to the national leaders that she be fired as mayor.
Aunty Pat is the subject of two investigations - one in the DA led by party chief whip John Steenhuisen, and a second one by law firm Bowman Gilfillan, which is investigating allegations of corruption and maladministration in the City.
But De Lille has hit back, saying Twigg’s statement is yet another example of the disregard for process and an attempt to get her out.
De Lille said after Twigg’s statement was released, she received numerous calls from DA members who have never been consulted on his statement.
“The regional executive, therefore, needs to provide the proof of when they met with the branches and what mandate they received from the branches,” she said.
“They can do this by providing a list of the meetings which took place when branches took decisions. It is clear that the regional executive are confused about their role and function.”
Madikizela, however, says Aunty Pat is talking nonsense.
“It is completely nonsense. I am not taking over as the mayor. I am the Human Settlements MEC until the premier fires me from my position,” he says.
Simon Grindrod, former deputy leader of the then-Independent Democrats, said the DA was planning to appoint Madikizela as mayor and position Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture as candidate for premier in 2019.
“Reliable sources confirm the De Lille smears are to oust her to create a job for Bonginkosi Madikizela. The DA have earmarked the post-Zille premiership for Alan Winde. It’s a done deal,” he said.
The DA Federal Executive will make a decision on De Lille’s future on Sunday.