De Lille, Smith spat could threaten public confidence in DA, warns Tony Leon

Former DA leader Tony Leon says the public spat between Patricia De Lille and JP Smith suggests an unfortunate division based on personalities and governance in the party.

The Cape Town mayor and her head of safety and security have been placed on 'special leave' by the DA, following public accusations leveled against each other.

Read: DA places Patricia de Lille and JP Smith on special leave

De Lille has accused Smith of making malicious and defamatory remarks against her.

The DA's federal executive has set up a special sub-committee to investigate the strained relationship between the two.

Leon says the party's reputation of good governance, sound management and incorruptibility faces the threat of being tarnished.

Any party that allows its internal divisions to become headline news starts to lose public confidence.

Tony Leon, Former DA leader

Take a listen to his perspective:

At the same time, public leadership professor Erwin Schwella says the long-standing tensions within DA's Cape Town caucus are based on ideological factions.

These are different factions, factionalised on the basis of ideological positions and in terms of interests - political and otherwise.

Erwin Schwella, Professor of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University

There are structural set of constraints which plays itself out in the caucus and then has impact on how positions are allocated.

Erwin Schwella, Professor of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University

Take a listen to his analysis:

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