Maimane warns DA members they will be held accountable
AMID an attempt to boot out Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, DA national leader Mmusi Maimane has issued a stern warning to his members, that they would be held accountable for their actions.
Maimane was speaking shortly before KZN DA delegates voted for their provincial leadership.
Speaking at the DA’s provincial conference at the Olive Convention Centre yesterday, Maimane said, in the campaign for 2019, they were not simply looking for a change from “black, green and gold to blue”.
“Blue means something of a total change. We even confronted the ugly and uncomfortable truth that not every DA government will live up to the standards we set for ourselves,” he said, referring to the Western Cape.
“It doesn’t matter who you are in the DA and what level of office you hold, we will hold you accountable,” he warned.
He told delegates that they could not allow themselves to be consumed by factionalism and infighting and had to rather focus on gaining the votes of young, black South Africans.
“You can either be tempered by the fire or burned by it... There are storms ahead but we need to remain firmly anchored in our vision,” he encouraged.
It is understood that Cape Town’s City speaker in the council Dirk Smith scheduled a special meeting for February 15 after receiving an application for a motion of no confidence in De Lille from 118 councillors.
In order for the motion to pass, 50% + 1 of the members need to vote in favour of the motion and with the DA in majority in the council with 154 members out of 231, they would not need the support of other parties to pass it.
DA provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela has denied that the motion is in reaction to the ANC’s withdrawal of their motion.
Earlier in the week, De Lille expressed her views on the matter stating that it appeared that there was a push to get rid of her before the allegations against her were tested.
De Lille is being charged for bringing the party into disrepute.
She said the resolution by the party’s federal executive committee in January was not to support a motion against her before investigations by the Federal Legal Commission and the City of Cape Town were resolved.
In response, Madikizela said: “Anyone who is saying that does not understand the process followed by FedEx, just because a disciplinary action is pending within the party does not mean that no other action can be taken by a separate body.
“This is a motion tabled by fellow councillors who have listed reasons why they have lost confidence in the mayor. It has nothing to do with getting rid of Patricia, putting it that way portrays that person as a victim. The fact is her colleagues have lost confidence in her ability to continue as mayor.”
“If the motion is passed and she is removed, then in terms of the rules the deputy mayor will step in until the next council meeting where a new mayor will be appointed.”
The ANC in the council has reiterated their position in the matter saying that they will not vote with the DA.