Eleanore Bouw-Spies was last week removed as mayor of Knysna when DA Councillors colluded with the opposition in a motion of no confidence.
Mark Willemse was elected as new mayor but the DA wanted him to resign saying that proper procedures were not followed and that Willemse cannot hold two positions as he is also the speaker of Eden District.
Willemse has since resigned as speaker of Eden District, holding on to his mayorship position.
Speaking to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies, Willemse says he couldn't sit and watch Knysna being embroiled in issues of maladministration and lack of leadership within the municipality.
He says he took a decision to vote with the opposition becasue they were being ignored by the DA.
I could no longer stand by and allow this to happen and I took a vote of conscience to vote against the former mayor of Knysna. Knysna had been suffering hence I had to do something, I just couldn't carry on like that anymore.— Mark Willemse, Knysna mayor
DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela says the DA is not banking down on wanting Willemse to resign because due processes were not followed.
I don't understand why Mark thinks he is the savior of Knysna because he is not representing his family, he is representing the party.— Bonginkosi Madikizela, DA Western Cape leader
Therefore we are very clear as the party that Mark must resign as the mayor so that we can follow due processes to elect the mayor that will represent the DA in that municipality.— Bonginkosi Madikizela, DA Western Cape leader
Willemse says he will not be resigning as mayor because he is awaiting an intervention into the matter scheduled to happen this weekend.
He says he will not hand over Knysna into the hands of the opposition.
To hear the rest of the interviews with Mark Willemse and Bonginkosi Madikizela, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Mark Willemse stays on as Knysna mayor but DA wants him out