'Where there is no trust, it will all lead chaos' - DA's situation analysed

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.

Read: Will she, won't she? The De Lille/DA dance continues...

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


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Alan Winde responds to allegations of racism in the DA

Alan Winde responds to allegations of racism in the DA

Allegations of racism within the DA were made by former Cape Town Council Chief Whip, Shaun August on Thursday.

[LISTEN] Will she, won't she? The De Lille/DA dance continues...

[LISTEN] Will she, won't she? The De Lille/DA dance continues...

De Lille told 702's Bongani Bingwa that she has evidence that law firm Bowman Gilfillan was colluding with politicians'

DA racism claims are a case of sour grapes, says WC leader Bonginkosi Madikizela

DA racism claims are a case of sour grapes, says WC leader Bonginkosi Madikizela

Five Cape DA councillors tendered their resignations on Thursday, saying they’re fed up with unfair treatment within the party.

'Mmusi made it clear that if we don't vote the way he instructs, we'll be fired'

'Mmusi made it clear that if we don't vote the way he instructs, we'll be fired'

Suzette Little says she resigned as a DA councillor because she could no longer take the double standards and strong-arm tactics.

Five DA Councillors accuse the party of racism and resign

Five DA Councillors accuse the party of racism and resign

Shaun August resigned as both the party's Chief Whip and as a DA member along with four other councillors in support of De Lille.

DA's political settlement with De Lille backfires, she might not resign

DA's political settlement with De Lille backfires, she might not resign

Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille might call the deal with the DA off after the party went back on its deal with her.

CT council to decide on charging De Lille following new forensic report

CT council to decide on charging De Lille following new forensic report

The Bowman Gilfillan report, yet to be made public, found that De Lille allegedly failed to report tender corruption to council.

Mayor de Lille approves R4.5 million budget for Festival of Lights

Mayor de Lille approves R4.5 million budget for Festival of Lights

The spokesperson to the mayor says a big chunk of that budget goes to ensuring safety and security, which cannot be compromised.

More Metrorail trains go up in flames at Cape Town station

More Metrorail trains go up in flames at Cape Town station

It's understood that six carriages caught alight at Cape Town station. Firefighters, technicians and paramedics are on the scene.

'I'm going to deal with them one at a time' - De Lille on DA and defamation suit

'I'm going to deal with them one at a time' - De Lille on DA and defamation suit

Patricia de Lille plans to sue those she says are behind a plot to defame her and will disclose cases against DA members later on.

Popular articles
[WATCH] How many people does it take to park a car?

[WATCH] How many people does it take to park a car?

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'We discuss stocks and options with our children at the dinner table'

'We discuss stocks and options with our children at the dinner table'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Basetsana Kumalo about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

[WATCH] Boy explaining what he heard when parents had sex goes viral

[WATCH] Boy explaining what he heard when parents had sex goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

South Africa quietly reclassifies 33 wild species as farm animals

South Africa quietly reclassifies 33 wild species as farm animals

Some of the endangered wildlife has now been listed as farming stock under key legislation that governs breeding.

It's VW, but not as you know it - Why did Volkswagen change its logo?

It's VW, but not as you know it - Why did Volkswagen change its logo?

John Maytham asks what's behind Volkswagen's new-look logo...

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

It’s better to start late than never! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jeanette Marais.

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] 'I am smart, I am blessed, I can do anything' video goes viral

[WATCH] 'I am smart, I am blessed, I can do anything' video goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.