Despite mounting internal pressure to resign and the ever-present water crisis in Cape Town, the city’s mayor, Patricia de Lille has vehemently defended her position stating that she will take care of the city to the best of her ability.
De Lille has refused direct orders from the DA’s federal executive who have requested that the caucus formally hand over the reins of the drought response tactics to the Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson and mayco member Xanthea Limberg.
At the same time, de Lille is waiting to receive the disciplinary action from her party’s legal commission, following the announcement that she had brought the party into disrepute.
She is accused of driving divisions in the DA’s city caucus through a leadership style that councillors say is autocratic.
It’s also claimed Mayor Patricia de Lille’s 2016 organisational restructure was a means to purge the city of experienced officials, in favour of those loyal to her.
Key decision-making structures in the city have also, under her leadership, been rendered toothless.
But De Lille says she’s looking forward to giving her side of the story.
"I welcome the fact that the DA has taken the decision to formally charge me. It is disappointing that it took them so long."
The DA’s federal executive has asked its city caucus to review the organisational structure with the view to restoring decision making powers to its committees.