The leader of the GOOD party Patricia De Lille says voters should be respected about the choices they make in the November first local government elections.
De Lille was speaking during a one-one interview with SABC News political editor Mzwandile Mbeje:
She says while her party is new, it has a lot of experience in local government. De Lille was the mayor of Cape Town from 2011 until her resignation in 2018 after a fallout with the Democratic Alliance. She is currently serving in national government as Minister of Public Works.
“People are looking for choices, elections is a contestation of ideas, it is about putting your ideas and I think whoever is the critic they should respect the choice that people will make because they will be sifting. We have a lot of experience in local government that is what we are bringing to the table.”
Unfinished business in Cape Town
De Lille says she’s got unfinished business in the City of Cape Town. De Lille was mayor from 2011 and re-elected in 2016 but didn’t finish the second term after having a fallout with the DA. De Lille has given an indication that her party would like to finish her projects regarding spatial planning which she says were shelved by the DA after her departure. She says she wants previously disadvantaged communities to live closer to the city.
“Most definitely lots of unfinished business what is close to my heart is spacial planning. We’ve done very little to address apartheid spatial planning and I want to bring people closer to the city in 2016 and that was the beginning of the fallout with the blue liars.”
Regarding her position as Public Works Minister, De Lille says she’s happy to serve on the ANC government.
She says despite the allegations of corruption that are sometimes levelled at the government, she’s happy to serve the country in any capacity.
“I’m happy to serve my country. I’ve no problem, I’m very very happy to serve in any capacity, I’m not corrupt.”