It’s really a regrettable day for South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) as one of its strong and most committed leader holding one of SA’s important cities, Patricia de Lille, tendered her resignation as party’s leader in Western Cape.
De Lille, who has served the Democratic Alliance since 2011, resigned as the party’s leader in Western Cape saying she wants to focus on her role as the mayor of Cape town.
Not only does she want to pay much attention on her role as mayor of one of the most important and captivating cities in South Africa, she also want to pay dedicate her time on the roll-out of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (OTDP).
The mayor joined the DA in 2010 when the Independent Democrats (ID)- which she founded in 2003- merged with the DA. There, she’s been one of the active members in the party, making tremendous impact in the party.
However, in her resignation letter addressed to the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, De Lille thanked the party for their support as she plans to focus more on taking Cape town to the next level.
“Taking Cape Town to the next level of government is an exciting prospect, but one that will take all of my time.
“As we position the party to be the next national government, I believe that those of us in government and other spheres have a duty to build the party’s experience in, and capacity for, public management in preparation for effective custodians of the state.” she wrote, adding that with the ODTP now in full swing with the four mini-mayors hard at work, “the responsibility of a two-thirds majority weighs heavily on me”.
— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) January 30, 2017
Furthermore, Patricia De Lille noted that she had no further plans to run for the office of premier when elections roll around in 2019 as DA’s constitution is set up in such a way that the provincial leader of the party isn’t automatically a candidate for a premiership, and premiers were elected via internal electoral colleges.
“If I want to run for premiership in 2019, I can,” De Lille said in an exclusive interview with the Cape Argus on Sunday. She indicated her focus remains firmly on her second term as mayor of Cape Town.
Patricia De Lille is well known for her selfless services to her country and her party having been voted 22nd in the Top 100 Great South Africans and was the first South African woman to form a political party on her own.
In her role as Mayor of Cape Town, the outspoken leader laid out strategy for the city’s development which centres on building the city on five ‘pillars’: an opportunity city; a safe city; a caring city; an inclusive city; and a well‐ run city.
As a result of her efforts, Cape Town was named one of the top 20 cities in the world for foreign direct investment and De Lille now was not the time to rest on her laurels as she continued the DA’s strategy to put “Cape Town on the global map”.
“I really always wanted to serve my people… being an activist in the struggle against Apartheid, and having been part of political activism then, I always had this vision that you know one day when we are free, when we attain our freedom things will be better, and I wanted to serve my people,” has been De Lille’s words to the press.
She told the Cape Argus the next few months would be exciting as the implementation of the ODTP continued with restructured city directorates and the area-based management more focused on community needs.