De Lille now the ‘mayor of the peo­ple’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ASANDA SOKANYILE

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple in the town­ships and Cape Flats are ex­pected to gather next week in sup­port of Pa­tri­cia de Lille, the city mayor ousted by the DA this week. That’s ac­cord­ing to civic ac­tivist and politi­cian Loy­iso Nkohla, a close ally of De Lille.

In fact, Nkohla said, De Lille would now no longer be known as the DA mayor but rather the mayor of the peo­ple.

Al­though not sur­prised at her be­ing axed by the party, he said he was “very dis­turbed and an­gered” by the de­ci­sion taken by the DA.

“The DA will re­gret this de­ci­sion. They have been punt­ing Day Zero from the start of the year. Next year they will ex­pe­ri­ence Day Zero for the party af­ter the elec­tions,” he said.

De Lille was axed fol­low­ing an in­ter­view she had given to ra­dio talk-show host Euse­bius McKaiser on April 26.

Ac­cord­ing to the DA, she an­nounced her in­ten­tion to re­sign dur­ing the show.

Nkohla said this would be the down­fall of the party.

“The DA will def­i­nitely lose the Western Cape in the next elec­tions. We will work hard to make sure of that. They are just a mob that uses peo­ple, but this time they have used the wrong peo­ple,” he said.

Nkohla de­scribed De Lille as a “true leader, a mother and com­mit­ted to the peo­ple”.

He praised her for her in­tegrity and said she had never shown any sign of cor­rup­tion.

“In fact, she is so against cor­rup­tion that she of­ten tells the staff that cor­rup­tion will get you nowhere. It is bet­ter to do things right and by the book,” he said.

Nkohla said al­though there had been bad blood be­tween him and sev­eral mem­bers of the DA, he was not afraid of los­ing his job.

“They can’t and won’t fire me and they know it. I have not re­ceived a let­ter of ter­mi­na­tion and I will not get one,” he said.

Nkohla, who has been ac­cused of be­ing too close to De Lille, said a num­ber of What­sApp sup­port groups had been formed in sup­port of her across the Cape.

“Many peo­ple from var­i­ous ar­eas call me to pledge sup­port for the mayor. Some even add me on their What­sApp groups with­out my knowl­edge be­cause they want to stand with the mayor.

“They want to show her sup­port be­cause she is a mayor of the peo­ple, she un­der­stands the peo­ple and she is a com­mit­ted per­son who keeps her word,” he said.

asanda.sokanyile@inl.co.za

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