DA exposed in the De Lille saga
THE MANNER in which former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille was treated by the DA has served to cement the view that the party is intolerant of assertive, independent, black women in its leadership.
It must be remembered that the young and intelligent Lindiwe Mazibuko was pushed into the political wilderness after a fallout with former party leader Helen Zille.
De Lille resigned as mayor and member of the DA on Wednesday following a bitter public showdown with the upper echelons of the party.
It is now safe to conclude that the DA was throwing dirt at De Lille with the intention that it would stick.
However, the former PAC and Independent Democratic (ID) politician was able to outsmart her rivals in the party.
This public fistfight and court cases did a lot of damage to the DA brand, with many political observers and the electorate questioning the party’s ability to lead, if elected, in next year’s critical general elections.
While the DA would undoubtedly remain at the helm of the Western Cape government after the polls, the De Lille saga may lead to an exodus of coloured and African voters from the party.
De Lille’s next political move is going to be critical in guiding how the DA responds to this fallout, while the revival of the ID is unlikely to have the desired political impact, as it will confine her to the province of the Western Cape.
However, if De Lille either joins the ANC or opts to go to bed with Julius Malema’s EFF, then that is likely to be a gamechanger for the South African political scene.
Indeed, interesting times are ahead for us in 2019.