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.

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