Maimane warns DA mem­bers they will be held ac­count­able

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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.

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