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Maimane leads DA's campaign to reclaim Cape Flats

09 May 2018 - 13:20 By Petru Saal
Mmusi Maimane. File photo
Mmusi Maimane. File photo
Image: Sunday Times / Waldo Swiegers

The DA in the Western Cape is deploying its big guns as it starts attempts to repair the damage done by its spat with Patricia de Lille.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane will lead the charge on Thursday when the DA holds a town hall meeting in Elsies River‚ heart of the Cape Flats coloured community that played a key role in delivering a two-thirds majority to the De Lille-led Cape Town administration in the 2016 election.

De Lille lost her job as mayor on Tuesday when the DA federal executive rescinded her party membership‚ saying she had effectively resigned in comments on a radio talk show 12 days earlier.

The party’s move followed eight months of conflict with De Lille in which it made several attempts to unseat her

Maimane will be joined in Elsies River on Thursday by the DA’s provincial leader‚ Bonginkosi Madikizela‚ one of the favourites to take over as mayor.

Others on the platform will include deputy provincial leader Albert Fritz‚ provincial chairman Anton Bredell and metro region chairman Grant Twigg.

Maimane’s spokeswoman‚ Portia Adams‚ said the meeting had been called to discuss issues affecting the community.

“The leader will outline the party’s plans to ensure that the City of Cape Town ... continues to deliver services to the people. He will also engage with residents. It is not him talking to the residents but it is an engagement between himself and the residents.”

Adams said Maimane would hold many similar meetings around Cape Town.

On Wednesday‚ Cape Town editors have been invited to a private discussion on the De Lille matter with Madikizela‚ deputy federal council chairwoman Natasha Mazzone and DA CEO Paul Boughey.

“It is important that as members of the media‚ you are kept informed of the process which has led us to this point. Legal processes have inhibited our ability to fully on-board the media on this protracted process that the DA has followed in dealing with Ms de Lille‚” the invitation said. “Following the federal executive decision to cease her membership it is important that we continue to be completely transparent and discuss with you the various aspects of the road that has brought us here.”