CAPE TOWN, January 30 (ANA) – Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has resigned from her dual role as leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape, the party confirmed on Monday.
De Lille has been mayor since 2011 and said she wanted to focus on this role. Her resignation as provincial leader takes effect on February 1.
In her resignation letter to DA leader Mmusi Maimane, De Lille described the party’s two-thirds majority in the City of Cape Town as a massive responsibility and said she wished to devote all her attention to implementing the city’s governance transformation plan.
“Taking Cape Town to the next level of government is an exciting prospect but one that will take all my time,” she wrote.
“The responsibility of a two thirds majority weighs heavily on me. This result is a massive endorsement of the DA’s record in government in Cape Town but it is also a massive responsibility.”
De Lille said she believed that a landslide election victory did not give a party a right to complacency, but rather a duty to exceed voters’ expectations.
“One cannot do the same things and expect to get different results. That is why, in order to improve our performance for all residents, we have embarked on implementing our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, in accordance with Cape Town’s manifesto commitment to modernise and reform the government to improve service delivery.”
She stressed that the plan was focused on redress, reconciliation, delivery and diversity to create a city that offered opportunity to all its residents.
Maimane’s office said the position would be filled by the party’s deputy leader in the province, Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, until a new leader was elected at a provincial congress later this year.
De Lille further said she believed the provincial DA leadership would benefit from fresh ideas from a new generation that could help the party increase its national support. She gave her whole-hearted support to Maimane, adding that she believed he was capable of leading the country.
– African News Agency (ANA)