The DA Parliamentary Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen says it is important for the party to get to the bottom of allegations against Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille and some of her senior officials.

The party has launched an investigation into the alleged cover-up by De Lille about the wrong doings of senior officials. The investigation is led by Steenhuisen.

“What happened was that there were a series of allegations that were made about firstly political tensions within the council and secondly allegations of maladministration within the council. We regarded this as our responsibility to investigate those matters or have them investigated because Cape Town is our flagship municipality and we have a brand of good governance. Anything that affects that brand of good governance we need to investigate and correct,” says Steenhuisen.

The party’s regional executive says it has lost confidence in De Lille as mayor and called for her removal.

The DA’s highest decision making body, the Federal Executive (Fedex) will decide on de Lille’s fate on Sunday.  It will assess the facts related to serious allegations levelled against De Lille and other senior city officials.

The Fedex has been investigating in-fighting in its Cape Town caucus as well as the political management and governance in the city.