How politicians made war during Cape Town's water crisis

While politicians turn on each other, revealing deep-lying fault lines and new enmities, it raises a critical question: who will lead the city through the crisis? In his new book, author and academic Crispian Olver reveals how the city of his childhood is run

06 October 2019 - 12:04 By Crispian Olver

In the middle of January 2018, Mmusi Maimane announced that Patricia de  Lille would be relieved of her water-related responsibilities “immediately”, although he then clarified that the DA would “bring a resolution to council that removes the mayor from any role in managing and directing the city’s response to the prolonged drought”.

This was despite his assurances a mere three months earlier that he fully agreed with De Lille’s approach and had regular updates with her...

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