ANC: De Lille behind Meyer’s withdrawal

Ivan Meyer has withdrawn his candidacy for DA leader in the Western Cape.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in the Western Cape believes Ivan Meyer's sudden withdrawal from the Democratic Alliance (DA) leadership race in the Western Cape is as a result of pressure by party leader Helen Zille.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille yesterday announced she was running as a candidate for leader in the province.

Afterwards incumbent partly leader in the province, Meyer, suddenly withdrew from the race.

Cobus Grobler of the African National Congress says Meyer's sudden change of heart raises questions.

"The night before he was saying that he was still standing, and the next morning he withdrew. Did he have an overnight change of heart?

"It's incredible. But this happened. It is clear that his leadership at a national level has had some influence and they prefer Patricia de Lille."