25 October 2018

South Africa: Chaos At De Lille's 'Farewell' As Councillors Resign, Citing Party Racism

Photo: @PatriciaDeLille/Twitter
Patricia de Lille addresses the Cape Town City Council on October 25, 2018.
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There were dramatic scenes in the Cape Town City Council on Thursday as five DA councillors resigned from the party, citing racism and expressing support for outgoing Mayor Patricia de Lille in a blistering press conference. The council is due to consider a report from law firm Bowmans which reportedly implicates De Lille in corruption. To add to the chaos, it is still unclear whether De Lille intends to step down as mayor after all.

It was supposed to be Mayor Patricia de Lille's farewell speech to the Cape Town City Council. But in the address de Lille gave to councillors on Thursday morning, any mentions of "goodbye" were missing.

De Lille opened her short speech by reiterating a now-familiar theme: "I have suffered vicious attacks to my good name for more than a year and still people are intent on destroying me".

Citing "vehement and racist bullying tactics" used against her, De Lille announced her intention to "reserve my rights regarding any findings, recommendations or conclusions contained in the Bowmans reports".

One of the reports in question is due...

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