In a shock announcement made by Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Councillor JP Smith have been placed on special leave from party activity in the Cape Town Metro.
De Lille and Smith have been accused of poor governance practices, with de Lille’s private residence spending having recently emerged under the spotlight of public scrutiny.
“In recent days, various allegations and counter allegations have been made in the Cape Town press involving Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and Councillor JP Smith”, reads the statement by the DA.
Despite statements by both the mayor and the councillor denying any allegations of poor performance, Maimane has placed the two on special leave to allow the Federal Executive’s investigation into said allegations to commence unhindered.
“Placing the Mayor and the Cllr on special leave during the investigation means that neither will be able to attend DA caucus meetings, interact with caucus members or others who may testify before the committee or attend party meetings”, continues the DA statement.
The party has specified that this special leave will not, however, limit their candidacy for elected positions and their governmental work. The two members have also been advised to not address the media on any matters concerning the current investigations.