De Lille: Masiphumelele no-show not indication of reluctance to cooperate

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane subpoenaed Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille after she failed to attend an inspection in Masiphumelele in June.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille met with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Thursday to discuss poor living conditions in Masiphumelele.

Mkhwebane subpoenaed De Lille after she and Premier Helen Zille failed to attend an inspection in Masiphumelele in June.

De Lille says her no-show is not an indication of reluctance to cooperate in helping to address service delivery issues.

“I met with her after she had subpoenaed me and my response was that there’s no need to subpoena me because I’m prepared to work with her.”

She adds that this collaboration sets out to improve living conditions in the community.

“We also have to look at long term plans to de-densifybecause every time there’s a fire, close to 5,000 people lose their well-being and that is what we discussed with the Public Protector.”

De Lille says she invited the Public Protector to visit the area in the next two to three weeks.