DA places Patricia de Lille and JP Smith on special leave

The DA National spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme announced on Tuesday that Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith have been placed on special leave.

Van Damme says the two were placed on leave following de Lille lashing out at Smith via a press release where she accused him of dragging her name through the mud.

The special leave only pertains to de Lille and Smith's work related to DA's activities and not in government of the City of Cape Town.

Phumzile van Damme, DA National Spokesperson

EWN reporter Kevin Brandt says de Lille and Smith have had a strained relationship since the beginning of the year. He says the matter has now escalated, with reports of alleged irregularities regarding construction taking place at de Lille's private residence.

Last night the Mayor send out a statement saying that Smith made defamatory remarks against her and that she has interacted with her legal representatives. We learned that they met with DA leader Mmusi Maimane last night and he subsequently placed them on special leave.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

According to Brandt, there have been talks about the investigative unit within the City of Cape Town which was set up with the aim to investigate irregularities of the staff within the metro.

Smith confirmed that de Lille shut down the unit on 4 August but she has denied this, saying the unit has been restructured.

There's a lot of reporting and allegation that the mayor tried to shut down the unit because she was being investigated.... It is also alleged that the City's money has been used for the building in her private residence.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

The City came out saying...the only money the City paid for was for the necessary security upgrade undertaken at her house.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : DA places Patricia de Lille and JP Smith on special leave


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Public Protector, CoCT to sign Masiphumelele deal

Public Protector, CoCT to sign Masiphumelele deal

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will meet with the Mayor Patricia de Lille to discuss the Masiphumelele township.

Cape Town gets R20.8million for drought relief

Cape Town gets R20.8million for drought relief

Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille says the money will be used for drilling boreholes and installing pumps.

We have created over 6000 direct jobs - CT Mayor

We have created over 6000 direct jobs - CT Mayor

Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, explains how the City of Cape Town has facilitated R2.67 billion worth of investments.

Car washes urged to go water less due to drought

Car washes urged to go water less due to drought

Mayor Patricia de Lille has met with car washes about water-efficient behaviour and introducing water less products.

Imizamo Yethu residents not backing down from protests

Imizamo Yethu residents not backing down from protests

Longtime Imizamo Yethu community worker Kenny Tokwe sheds light on frustrations there saying City should have communicated better.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] ANC Tshwane says it has documented proof of corruption in the metro

[LISTEN] ANC Tshwane says it has documented proof of corruption in the metro

The Tshwane ANC says it has evidence that Mayor Solly Msimanga is central to several irregular appointments in his administration.

Pieter-Dirk Uys gets serious about money (‘Evita is my pension!’)

Pieter-Dirk Uys gets serious about money (‘Evita is my pension!’)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Uys about his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand explains the differences between the social drinker and an almost alcoholic.

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

Two white callers, Matt and Stephanie, disagreed on how white people should respond to apartheid as Eusebius McKaiser facilitated.

More than 30% of students go hungry

More than 30% of students go hungry

Dr Stephen Devereux says a large number of black students are more vulnerable than their white counterparts.

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

Khabazela shares some tweets, Facebook posts and videos that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.