Patricia de Lille granted extension to defend herself

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The Democratic Alliance has extended the deadline for Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to give reasons why she should not resign as Mayor, to January 5.

She was suspended from all party activities last week and was due to make representations on Monday.

Her suspension follows the completion of a report on an inquiry into allegations of fraud and corruption in the municipality in which she was implicated.

Chairperson of the Federal Executive Committee James Selfe says the nature of the charges against her are serious.

“There are a series of serious incidents of maladministration that have happened under her watch and she has run a caucus that is deeply divided and which is not functioning on top of its potential at the moment. We would like her to provide us reasons why that makes her incompetent to run the City of Cape Town caucus.”

De Lille has confirmed that she has received the notification to extend the deadline and that she will comply.