Tutu leads the Twitter chorus singing a pro-De Lille ditty

09 May 2018 - 11:16 By Petru Saal
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. File photo.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. File photo.

After Patricia de Lille’s spectacular axing from the DA on Tuesday‚ South Africans are baffled by the end of what once seemed a perfect union.

Even Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu weighed in on Wednesday by tweeting: “Leah and I are very sad that Patricia de Lille’s services will be lost to the City of Cape Town. Although she represented a particular political party‚ she played an important role as a unifier in a society still bearing the scars of its divided past.” 

Criticism of the DA for its decision to rescind De Lille’s membership‚ deposing her as mayor of Cape Town‚ was less muted in scores of other tweets.

Zizi tweeted: “So the DA clearly had nothing on #DeLille until her interview on the Eusebius show in April‚ even what she said there can be interpreted in a number of ways. This party.” 

Another Twitter user questioned the absence of DA leader Mmusi Maimane at Tuesday’s media briefing where her demise was revealed.

Humphrey Mogashoa said: “I agree. Maimane disappointed all of us. He should have at least shown up for press media briefing. The more quiet & away he is from the public‚ at this critical time‚ the more he is losing credibility. The person that is politically going to come out victorious here‚ is #DeLille.” 

Benedick Louw tweeted: “DA leadership CLEARLY have their backs against the wall. The longer @Our_DA delay pronouncement on #DeLille matter the riskier for the party in 2019 if they intend to resuscitate their chances of relevance in South Africa. Currently public opinion is guiding their moral compass.” 

Thango Bhiyoza said: “@Our_DA z clearly getting rid of #DeLille as she wud have been the primary candidate to replace HelenZ as part of succession planning....no they got rid of her on no basis whatsoever just because they have another candidate they wud rather put there....(DA)Dodgy Actions here....” 

Mzi Mkhwanazi remained hopeful that Lindiwe Mazibuko will reveal more details on her departure from the DA some years go.

“I pray and hope that one day Lindiwe Mazibuko will tell us the truth about the DA and its internal politics... I mean what’s the worst that could happen? It’s not like they can revoke or rescind her Harvard degree.” 

Alain Simba tweeted: “@MmusiMaimane: The way you handled #DeLille's case might mean your political suicide. The DA will be hurting all the way till 2019 elections. The white folks will blame you. Besides‚ the public does not know what she really did wrong. The DA tried all formulas to get rid of her.” 

Tumi Sole added: “@Our_DA just in case you want to talk consistency.” 

Khanki o’Mude tweeted: “The DA may have survived getting rid of @LindiMazibuko but they will feel the effects of this one #DeLille” 

Here’s how the DA booted De Lille and what De Lille is doing to fight back