Under fire Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has received support from an unexpected quarter: opposition party the United Democratic Movement.
The former Western Cape Democratic Alliance leader has had allegations of corruption and maladministration levelled against her over the last few months.
The UDM on Tuesday surprisingly came out in support of the embattled mayor, criticising the DA for its treatment of De Lille.
The UDM has accused the DA of using a kangaroo court to remove undesirable members. They claim that De Lille is being pushed out so that Bonginkosi Madikizela, who replaced De Lille as leader of the party in the Western Cape, can also take over from her as mayor.
De Lille and MEC for safety and security JP Smith were placed on special leave last year after a public spat over renovations and security upgrades made to De Lille’s private residence.
Last week, De Lille submitted a letter motivating why she should not be suspended from the party.
On Wednesday morning, the DA’s Western Cape metro regional executive took a unanimous decision to recommend that she be removed from office.
“We’ve actually lost confidence in the mayor and we’ve asked the leadership to act on that,” Grant Twigg, chairperson of the Metro executive, explained.
The DA’s federal executive, who met on Sunday to consider De Lille’s fate, said it would announce its decision this weekend.
De Lille is facing allegations she covered up multi-million rand fraud in the Foreshore Freeway Precinct tender and of mismanagement.
She is adamant about her innocence and has vowed to fight her accusers in court.