The ANC in the Western Cape has asked the national government to intervene and place the City of Cape Town under administration.

This comes after the party withdrew its motion of no-confidence against Mayor Patricia De Lille at the eleventh hour – saying it did not want the DA using their motion for their own agenda.

ANC leader in the council, Xolani Sotashe, says De Lille can’t be solely blamed for the Auditor General’s downgrading of the city’s audits to unqualified.

The ANC’s motion of no-confidence against Mayor de Lille was to be debated in council, but the party withdrew it at the last minute.

This was after the DA expressed that it would also support the ANC’s motion.

Sotashe says they want national government to intervene on the grounds of alleged corruption and mismanagement within the City of Cape Town.

“When the Mayor was receiving clean audits for the past financial years they were not according those achievements to the individuals, they were according those achievements to the party. The DA today got an egg in their face because the so called well run city has regressed.”

Mayor Patricia de Lille told the council meeting she cannot be solely blamed for the Auditor General’s report.

“In our oversight role as councillors, we must make sure that those systems are jacked up now because the AG said we have regressed, he didn’t say the Mayor have regressed.”

But DA mayoral committee member on safety and social services JP Smith disagrees.

In a statement, De Lille said she noted comments made by the DA Provincial Leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela, that the DA would support the ANC’s motion of no-confidence in her.

De Lille says this is a blatant attempt to attack her publicly.

Last week at a meeting of the DA caucus in the city, DA members were clearly divided on a proposal of a motion of no-confidence in De Lille.

It was passed when 84 members supported it and 59 voted against it.