De Lille ready to defend herself amid charges of misconduct

The DA Federal Executive announced on Sunday a recommendation that Mayor Patricia De Lille be investigated by the party's legal commission for her conduct that brought the party and the City of Cape Town into disrepute.

Charges include the Mayor refusing to comply with the party decisions, undue interference and failing to perform duties and responsibilities.

National spokesperson and DA Member of Parliament, Phumzile van Damme says the Mayor has been found to have acted in an improper manner in the appointment of the new City manager as well as a member in the Cape Town Stadium management board.

It is alleged that she interfered in the process which she was not supposed to.

Phumzile Van Damme, DA National spokesperson

Van Damme says the investigation into De Lille's conduct will be handled in a manner that is fair and she will also be given an opportunity to respond to these charges.

The process should happen without external influence. The matter will be before the Federal Legal Council (FLC) and she will be able to give her side of the story and that will be entirely fair.

Phumzile Van Damme, DA National spokesperson

She says the DA has built its brand as a party that upholds good governance and if there is any indication that other public representatives of the party have been involved in misconduct or corruption, the party will certainly take action.

De Lille says she welcomes the decision by the party to formally charge her and she will defend herself on the allegations.

This is all I've been asking for - that we allow due process and allow me an opportunity to defend myself.

Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town

I don't want to jump the gun, but I have always said lets test these allegations and see the formal charge of these allegation and I will defend myself.

Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town

De Lille has also responded to the objections of the drought levy saying people should not personalise matters. She says when the drought levy was proposed she was not part of the Caucus but now all the fingers are pointing at her.

People must not personalise this, we must now pull together to make sure that the City of Cape Town does not run out of water and that is what I am doing on a daily basis.

Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town

I don't think it's fair to say that it is me when the full Council has taken that decision...

Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town

To hear more of this interviews into the conduct of Cape Town Mayor, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : De Lille ready to defend herself amid charges of misconduct


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