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De Lille may reshuffle mayoral committee

Safety and security head JP Smith is tipped to take over the City of Cape Town’s housing portfolio.

It’s been reported a reshuffle is on the cards soon with the city’s safety and security head JP Smith tipped to take over the housing portfolio. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday said she may consider reshuffling her top leadership in the council after the elections.

It's been reported a reshuffle is on the cards soon with the city's safety and security head JP Smith tipped to take over the housing portfolio.

De Lille refused an interview.

City of Cape Town ANC Chief Whip Xolani Sotashe believes where there's smoke, there's fire.

"For us as ANC, she [de Lille] can reshuffle as much as she wants. It's the recycling of poor leadership in the City of Cape Town."

Smith, the so-called city sheriff, is known for introducing controversial by-laws in the metro over the years, including one that says motorists will have their cellphones confiscated if they're caught chatting or texting behind the wheel.