Branches snap over Twigg’s De Lille role
DA BRANCHES in the Cape Town metro have slammed their regional chairperson, Grant Twigg, saying he had no mandate to call for the removal of mayor Patricia de Lille.
This comes after Twigg released a statement on Wednesday announcing a “unanimous” decision by the party’s regional executive to remove De Lille.
DA councillor Vuyokazi Matanzima said they were not properly consulted on the matter, and only heard about it from the media.
“I was shocked to hear from the news that a caucus was sitting somewhere. I am not sure whether it sat or not but I was never part of it,” said Matanzima.
De Lille has called on the DA’s regional executive to provide proof of their meeting with branches and their mandate.
DA chief whip in the City of Cape Town Shaun August said he also received messages and calls from branches denying having given Twigg a mandate to call for De Lille’s removal.
“I have received calls from many of our members saying they have not given the mandate to Grant Twigg, and have not engaged or consulted, and they refuse to vote against the mayor and are certainly against the decision that Grant and his executive took,” said August.
Councillors who spoke on condition of anonymity expressed dissatisfaction over the way in which the party is handling the De Lille case. “I thought at this stage we were supposed to follow the processes. Remember we have structures in place, so we are waiting for the outcome of the investigation. However, the federal executive, which is the highest structure, is the one that was supposed to give us directions as to the outcome of the investigation and where we go from here,” said Matanzima.
A DA member in the council who spoke on condition of anonymity said Twigg was jumping the gun and personalising the matter.
Twigg had formerly been the DA’s caucus chairperson in the City, but was demoted by De Lille in favour of August, who also became the party’s leader in the metro when his predecessor, Grant Pascoe, defected to the ANC in 2014.
Apart from a series of reports including the Bowman Gilfillan probe and an affidavit containing allegations of maladministration, there are other reasons that many in the party believe are the reasons for De Lille’s removal.
De Lille defied the DA federal council by appointing Shaun August as a chief whip of the council, ignoring the preference of the federal council. She defied DA leader Mmusi Maimane by reappointing Loyiso Nkohla when she was told not to.
This weekend the DA’s federal executive will consider De Lille’s response to why she should not resign and then advise her on what it finds.