Why South Africa’s opposition sacked Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille

Why South Africa’s opposition sacked Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille

South Africa’s largest political opposition, Democratic Alliance has just sacked the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille over ‘irreconcilable differences’.

“Patricia de Lille is no longer the mayor of Cape Town because she is no longer a member of the DA,” the deputy chairperson of the Democratic Alliance’s federal executive, Natasha Mazzone, told AFP.

“In the interim, Ian Neilson — the deputy mayor (who)… immediately steps in the case the mayor is not there — will be taking over as from today,” Mazzone said.

“Instead of cooperating with the investigation, the Mayor challenged the Party’s processes by introducing a number of interlocutory matters, including that the hearing be open to the public and that it should be conducted by independent persons,” the party said in a statement.

There are predictions that Lille could join the Economic Freedom Fighters. the EFF, however, the party minute influence is a worry that she might lose popularity.