The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Western Cape confirmed on Tuesday that Beaufort West municipal mayor Djorge Malooi has resigned from his position.
Acting DA provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela said the mayor cited family matters for his decision in his resignation letter.
Madikizela confirmed that he received the letter on Sunday in Beaufort municipality. Malooi replaced ANC’s Truman Prince after the 2016 municipal elections.
Similarly, the DA provincial leader also confirmed the resignation of DA Western Cape caucus chairperson Rodney Lentit.
Lentit resigned from the provincial legislature on Monday. He told reporters on Monday that his resignation was “straightforward” and that he would remain a party member and campaign for the DA for the 2019 general elections.
According to the blue party, it has encountered various challenges in the municipality since it took power from the ANC in the August 2016 local government elections.
But the ANC thinks otherwise. The party, which sits as an opposition in the municipality said the dual resignations show the deep division and dissatisfaction among members of the Mmusi-led party.
ANC chief whip in Beaufort West, Mcebisi Kilani, specifically mentioned that Beaufort West municipal mayor Djorge Malooi resigned because of his ‘inefficiency’ – which he said was publicized even by Malooi’s deputy Anna Slabbert.
DA’s Madikizela, however, insisted that the two resignations were completely unrelated. The DA took over Beaufort following coalition deals with the Karoo Gemeenskap Party (KGP)‚ the Karoo Democratic Force (KDF) and the Karoo Ontwikkelings Party (KOP) in August.
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Malooi’s resignation brings the number of high-profile resignations in the party in a month to three. The first was Patricia de Lille’s resignation as DA provincial leader on January 30.
It is worthy to note that De Lille was born in Karoo town of Beaufort West.
The DA would focus on winning the by-election in Ward 7, where Malooi was a councilor.