News emerged this week that the DA has now offered Patricia De Lille a seat in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament if she vacates her seat as Mayor of Cape Town.
This is part of their ongoing campaign to remove her as Mayor at all costs.
“If De Lille is as corrupt as the DA says she is, then why this offer? If the DA has lost confidence in her as they claim, then why this offer?” asks Ferlon Christians, ACDP Provincial Leader and MPP.
This is the same DA that has been trying unsuccessfully to remove her as Mayor since Feb 2018 and to expel her as a DA member since April 2018 based mainly on their own internal allegations of corruption and maladministration against her that first started emerging almost a year ago.
“Since the first DA motion to remove her as Mayor failed in February, still no court process, no DA hearing and no City of Cape Town hearing has been concluded, and she has still not been found guilty of anything.
This latest offer of moving her to the WC Provincial Parliament, clearly confirms that the DA have no compelling evidence against her that could stand up to scrutiny, but they still want to remove her as Mayor – why?
If that’s the case, then this whole debacle is nothing more than a witch-hunt against her,” Mr. Christians concludes.
The DA’s mission is to remove De Lille as Mayor at all costs because she is not their problem, she’s in the way.
IS THE CITY THEIR CASH COW?
Since the DA’s mission to remove her at all costs is clearly not about corruption, maladministration or confidence, then what is driving the DA?
The ACDP understands from internal DA sources that the DA wants to remove her as Mayor so that they can milk the City as a cash cow for their 2019 election campaign.
Mr. Christians asserts: “She is the only one standing in their way. We are told that the real decision makers in the DA, known as the ‘backroom boys’, want to replace her with a Mayor they can control like Madikizela or Plato – someone who will just follow instructions and not question anything the DA instructs them to do.”
SO FAR THIS YEAR:
In January DA leadership confirmed their mission against her is no longer about right or wrong but about confidence (or their lack of confidence in her). “Our inclination is not whether the mayor has done any right or wrong, that’s not the issue. The issue that the federal executive has to decide is whether the DA has confidence in her and her ability to run the city and to manage the caucus. That’s a different judgment,” said the DA’s James Selfe.
Later that month she also turned down their offer of a move to Member of Parliament.
In February the DA failed in its attempt to remove her as Mayor via their first motion of no confidence in her. The motion failed by one vote after the ACDP used its three votes to abstain because the motion was premature and prejudiced against her in that the allegations were still being investigated.
Also in February, a new allegation conveniently emerged that five years ago she had sought a R5 million bribe from a Gauteng businessman.
In April the DA added a new, so-called “recall clause” to its Constitution and then immediately used it a few weeks later to rescind her membership – a move that was overturned in the Cape High Court a month later.
In the same month, the DA tabled and then retracted a second motion of no confidence against her, clearly realising it would lose again.
In May this year, the DA even forged and distributed a fake news post supposedly from the Auditor-General of South Africa with the title “De Lille exposed”, falsely claiming the AG had made adverse findings against the Mayor personally. In the same month the DA in the City stripped her of her Executive powers as Mayor of Cape Town.
In July the DA in the City retracted a third motion of no confidence against her and has offered her a move to Provincial Parliament.
ISSUED BY: FERLON CHRISTIANS MPP (WESTERN CAPE)
1 August 2018