The City of Cape Town's City Council chamber turned into chaos on Thursday at a meeting where the outgoing Mayor Patricia de Lille was expected to say her goodbyes to councillors in her final sitting.
The meeting ended with five councillors resigning shortly after executive mayor Patricia de Lille had addressed the council.
The councillors cited racism and victimization by the party's senior officials as one of the main reasons for their departure.
Prof Erwin Schwella, Professor at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University gives an analysis of what is going on within the DA.
There is for a long time now no alignment whatsoever between the political party, the political system, the governance system and the administrative system as well as the legal system. That is based on a total loss of trust and a lot of acrimony rather than consensus, and when these things are unaligned especially where trust is gone, all of these things will lead to chaos and that is what we are seeing now, it is chaos.— Prof Erwin Schwella, Professor at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University
There is no precedence, there is no standard operating procedure and it needs to be dealt with ad-hoc, it needs to be dealt with through power and all kinds of political game playing and it is chaos.— Prof Erwin Schwella, Professor at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University
There are speculations that Patricia de Lille might not vacate the office at the end of October as expected because the DA has not honoured their side of the deal with her not to institute any legal actions against her.
Schwella says de Lille cannot be forced to leave the office, she has to do it voluntarily.
If the Mayor decided she doesn't want to leave, she can't be forced to leave, she has to voluntarily resign, she is still in place and there is no legal matter or a constitutional situation that forces her to go.— Prof Erwin Schwella, Professor at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University
However, there is a political agreement that says they will drop all the charges in the party and disciplinary hearings...— Prof Erwin Schwella, Professor at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University
To hear the rest of the analysis on the DA's chaotic situation, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Where there is no trust, it will all lead chaos' - DA's situation analysed