The speaker of the Cape Town City council, Dirk Smit, says he has convened a special council sitting on the 15th of February to hear a motion of no confidence in Mayor Patricia de Lille.

Smit says his office received a motion of no confidence from DA council members on Wednesday.

The motion also calls for the removal of the Executive Mayor.

De Lille has been linked to alleged tender irregularities and maladministration.

Earlier this week, the DA’s provincial leader‚ Bonginkosi Madikizela‚ said the federal executive had given councillors permission to support the ANC’s motion of no confidence in the Mayor at Wednesday’s council meeting, but the ANC did an about turn at the eleventh hour and withdrew its motion.