Defecting DA councillor says she did it for her constituents
OUTGOING DA councillor Carin Brynard (Cape Town ward 102) has found a new home at the Cape Party.
Brynard, first elected in 2006, resigned from the DA at the end of August after numerous fallouts with controversial Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille.
“Patricia’s dictatorial style and baggage from her days as leader of the Independent Democrats (ID) has split the DA caucus in the city council,” says Brynard, who is serving her third term as a councillor.
De Lille first rose to prominence in the PAC in the late 1990s as a firebrand MP, before forming her own party in 2003.
By 2010, the ID had all but folded, with numerous allegations of nepotism on the part of De Lille.
“Patricia has a history in the radical anti-white PAC, and this ideology continues to drive many of her appointments. The people of Cape Town voted for a DA mayor but instead got a PAC mayor,” says Brynard
De Lille is said to have no fewer than 400 staff members as mayor, which is considerably more than her predecessors, Dan Plato and Helen Zille.
Brynard’s defection is the latest in a string of setbacks for the DA in the City of Cape Town.
Last week the party’s federal executive suspended both De Lille and Mayco member for Community Safety JP Smith from DA activities. This followed a public fallout between the pair over De Lille’s role in shutting down the city’s Special Investigating Unit, which probed allegations that De Lille had used public money for security upgrades to her property in Pinelands.
“I have studied the Cape Party’s manifesto, and after meetings with the leadership team, I have decided that the Cape Party is the best vehicle forward for my constituents” says Brynard.
She cited the party’s commitment to devolution as key to her decision to join. “The Cape Party allows members much greater freedom to represent their constituents,” adds Brynard.
She lamented not being able to suitably service the needs of her constituents and contends that voters in wards such as hers are taken for granted by the DA-led city council. “Funding restrictions for services are hurting ratepayers in ward 102. Rates and taxes are not ploughed back proportionately to ratepayers in the ward. In many instances I have no answers for my constituents and the tug-of-war between what is best for my people and what is best for my party is something I have wrestled with for too long.”
Her resignation has created a vacancy in ward 102 (which includes Brackenfell and Kraaifontein), where a by-election is expected on November 29.
Brynard says she has chosen her constituents over her party and hopes they will give her a fresh mandate to serve.