DA coun­cil­lor quits, cit­ing mayor’s ac­tions

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A VET­ERAN DA coun­cil­lor has re­signed, cit­ing what she calls Mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille’s “nepo­tism, dic­ta­tor­ship” and a “toxic cau­cus en­vi­ron­ment”.

Carin Bry­nard, who was serv­ing her third term as DA coun­cil­lor, said she could not bear be­ing a coun­cil­lor any­more “be­cause the party does not walk the talk”.

“As a Chris­tian, I no longer feel like I can be in the party be­cause I be­lieve they’re not serv­ing peo­ple.

“I re­ally feel nepo­tism is the or­der of the day when it comes to for­mer In­de­pen­dent Democrats (ID),” Bry­nard added.

“The DA in the City is an en­vi­ron­ment where coun­cil­lors are forced into sup­port­ing the mayor’s choices in a lot of mat­ters.

“They don’t have a say any­more,” Bry­nard said.

“They get in­tim­i­dated like I was when I raised is­sues she did not agree with.”

De Lille’s spokesper­son Zara Ni­chol­son said: “This is ab­so­lute non­sense.

“Af­ter 10 years as a coun­cil­lor she should know that the mayor does not deal with dis­ci­plinary mat­ters, the fed­eral le­gal com­mis­sion does.”

Bry­nard also said the mayor placed for­mer mem­bers of the now-de­funct ID in strate­gic and “highly pay­ing” po­si­tions, sur­round­ing her­self with for­mer ID mem­bers, such as the DA chief whip in the metro coun­cil, Shaun Au­gust, sub-coun­cil and com­mit­tee chairs and some mem­bers of the may­oral com­mit­tee.

How­ever, Au­gust de­nied De Lille had done him any favours.

Last year the DA sus­pended five ward coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing chair­man Grant Twigg, af­ter they re­fused to toe the party line – by re­fus­ing to vote for Good­wood coun­cil­lor Clive Jus­tus as chair­man re­plac­ing Twigg.

Bry­nard, who chaired the safety and se­cu­rity di­rec­torate for nine years as coun­cil­lor, added: “The Clive Jus­tus in­ci­dent was a very good ex­am­ple of how the city, un­der De Lille, han­dles things.

“Jus­tus is a ca­pa­ble coun­cil­lor, but he is not even from our area.

“That was power-play from the mayor.”

She said while coun­cil­lors had been in­formed af­ter mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions by the coun­cil cau­cus that Twigg would be re­tained as chair­man, city of­fi­cials gave an or­der to mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Fred Monk that Jus­tus needed to be voted in as the new chair­man.

“And the rea­son, I think, Grant had to go was be­cause he is out­spo­ken; when things are wrong, he speaks out,” Bry­nard said.

Twigg, a for­mer ID mem­ber, had a fall­ing-out with the party be­fore he joined the DA and Bry­nard be­lieves “a vin­dic­tive” De Lille is out to get him.

PIC­TURE: BULELWA PALELE

City coun­cil­lor Carin Bry­nard re­signed be­cause of what she calls the mayor’s dic­ta­tor­ship.

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