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
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