De Lille now the ‘mayor of the people’
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.