CT Mayor Patricia De Lille given extension to provide reasons to retain job

Last week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said an investigation had revealed sufficient grounds to be concerned over her leadership of the City of Cape Town.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille has been granted an extension until the new year to defend her job as Cape Town mayor.

Last week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said an investigation had revealed sufficient grounds to be concerned over her leadership of the city.

She also remains suspended from party activities pending the outcome of the process.

As part of the fallout, Speaker Dirk Smit and DA Chief Whip Shaun August are also having to defend their jobs to the party's federal executive.

De Lille was originally given until Monday to provide reasons why she should retain her job as mayor.

Her legal team has now requested more time to prepare responses to the allegations against her.

The DA's federal chairperson James Selfe says these remain confidential.

“The Democratic Alliance continues to be seized with the matter of the Steenhuisen committee into the City of Cape Town. The mayor has requested additional time to make representations and we have granted that to her.”

Selfe says Smit and August have to take collective responsibility for the tensions in the city caucus.

Smit has already made his submission to the federal executive as to why he should keep his job.