The ANC is set to table a motion of no confidence in Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille following allegations of misconduct and possible corruption during her tenure.
The party which stands as the official opposition in the city council‚ said on Wednesday it would table the motion at next Tuesday’s council meeting. This comes after executive director in De Lille’s office‚ Craig Kesson‚ penned a sworn affidavit accusing the mayor of attempting to bury a report on alleged corruption in the MyCiTi bus rapid transport system.
Consequently, ANC leader in the city‚ Xolani Sotashe‚ said De Lille should not only face a vote of no confidence, but must also face disciplinary action. “We are calling for the removal of the executive mayor from office and for a vote of no confidence against the mayor to be urgently tabled in council‚” he said.
To ensure a condusive environment for voting, the ANC plans to call for a secret vote. This would avail members of the DA caucus in the city council to vote with their conscience.
“To us the ANC‚ it’s not about the fights within the DA. It’s about making sure that the executive accounts to the public‚” said Sotashe.
During a news conference on Wednesday‚ Sotashe used Kesson’s affidavit and reports submitted to a special council meeting last week to conclude that De Lille deliberately withheld important information and forensic reports from the council.
“We are saying the executive mayor deliberately misled the council. All the points that we have raised‚ we are convinced as the ANC‚ they warrant the removal of the mayor from office‚” Sotashe said.
Furthermore, the party said the reports submitted to the council last week showed that De Lille acted “outside her powers” by failing to alert the council about complaints of possible irregularities with transport authority tenders.”
De Lille is being hit with the ANC motion after the DA placed her on a special leave from party activities following a public spat with safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith.