ANC in CT to table motion of no confidence in Mayor De Lille

Patricia De Lille faces allegations that public money was spent on renovations at her home and that she turned a blind eye to claims of tender irregularities.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille addresses the media at a briefing about the city's water plans. Photo: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) wants to remove Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille from her position.

De Lille faces allegations that public money was spent on renovations at her home and that she turned a blind eye to claims of tender irregularities.

The mayor has denied any wrongdoing.

But the ANC’s Xolani Sotashe says a motion of no confidence will be tabled next week.

“There is a general corrupt relationship. The decision by council … we don’t trust anyone now. We want a pure, independent investigation on this matter to get to the bottom of it.”

The ANC believes some DA councillors will vote in favour of a motion of no confidence in De Lille.

Last week, De Lille responded to allegations of corruption levelled against her by an executive director in her office.

She says the claims are a malicious attempt to attack her integrity and track record as a whistle-blower and corruption fighter.

“I challenge those who seek to attack my track record to bring any proof that I benefited personally from any corruption or tenders. My lawyers are preparing a comprehensive response to the allegations against me and it will be made available to the media when it is completed.”

The mayor is facing a barrage of claims that she's repeatedly tried to quash allegations of corruption involving the city's transport commissioner, Melissa Whitehead.

But she says she's undeterred by sensational claims to smear her name.

“I will not be distracted by these attempts to discredit my reputation as a corruption fighter.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)