While the African National Congress (ANC) says a public spat between Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Mayoral Committee Member JP Smith is a clear indication of factionalism in the Democratic Alliance (DA), political analyst Karima Brown suggests much of the infighting has to do with a leadership battle.
De Lille and Smith have been placed on special leave from DA activities in the Cape metro.
Tensions boiled over when Smith questioned the shutting down of the City of Cape Town’s Special Investigating Unit as well as alleged irregularities to renovations done at De Lille’s house.
As much as it has to do with establishing what the facts are around whether upgrades were made at De Lille's house with public funds, it also has to do with the leadership battle in the DA...— Karima Brown, political analyst
And then of course there is residual issues, remember the DA is is an amalgamation of the independent democrats of which Patricia de Lille was a founding member, and of course underpinnings of racial tensions within the party.— Karima Brown, political analyst
All the ingredients of what we determine as the drivers of factional politics in political parties, visiting the Democratic Alliance this time around.— Karima Brown, political analyst
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