Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille has written to the DA’s Federal Executive to explain why she should not resign from her position.
De Lille says an adverse decision will be challenged in court. The party’s caucus in the city council voted for her removal through a secret ballot last week.
De Lille has been at loggerheads with the party in recent months over governance issues. In a letter addressed to DA Federal Executive Chairperson, James Serlfe, De Lille says she doesn’t think the FedEx properly considered and interrogated the reasons for last week’s Motion of No Confidence before allowing it to go ahead.
She says the reasons listed to motivate for her removal lack detail such as the name of the complainant or specific examples of transgressions with dates. She says she is accused of breaching unnamed and unspecified caucus confidentiality. De Lille says allegations that she interfered in the city’s recruitment processes are unfounded.
She says allegations that she made “numerous media statements” bringing the party into disrepute were in defence attacks made on me by party members and leadership.
De Lille has requested that some Federal Executive should recuse themselves, including party leader, Mmusi Maimane, Natasha Mazzone, Mike Walters, Bonginkosi Madikizela and James Selfe.
The DA’s FedEx will meet in Johannesburg from Friday to consider De Lille’s future. She says she has little faith in a positive result.