WATCH LIVE | Will she stay or will she go? De Lille addresses her resignation

31 October 2018 - 13:16 By TimesLIVE

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille is expected to announce on Wednesday afternoon whether she will stick to the letter of resignation she sent to DA leader Mmusi Maimane on August 4.

In her letter‚ De Lille said: “I write to advise that I have made a decision to resign as mayor of the City of Cape Town effective from 31 October 2018.”

But the mayor remonstrated with council speaker Dirk Smit on Tuesday for allegedly telling journalists she had resigned and that a special council meeting would be held to elect former community safety MEC Dan Plato as mayor.

Uncertainty about De Lille’s resignation grew after law firm Bowman Gilfillan‚ which conducted a 10-month investigation centred on the Cape Town transport authority‚ recommended that De Lille be reported to the police for allegedly attempting to prevent former city manager Achmat Ebrahim fulfilling his legal duty to tell the council about allegations of misconduct against transport commissioner Melissa Whitehead.

On Tuesday, Smit formally laid criminal charges at the city's central police station against De Lille and mayoral committee member Brett Herron.

The charges were laid in light of the Cape Town city council's adoption of two reports by law firm Bowmans into maladministration at the metro at a council meeting last week Thursday.

Mayor-elect Dan Plato is expected to be sworn in as a councillor on Thursday after he was nominated as De Lille’s replacement.


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