Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has denied allegations that she tried to solicit a bribe from a Vanderbijlpark businessman, Anthony Faul in 2012.
Faul alleges that De Lille asked for money in exchange for giving her support to a contract for his company to supply fire extinguishers to the Cape's informal settlements.
De Lille says this is one of the moves from the DA to remove her from office and to tarnish her name and reputation.
DA federal executive member James Selfe has rubbished claims that this is a smear campaign against De Lille or a plot to remove her from office.
We had to draw the allegations to the attention of the police otherwise there would be penalties against us, and in the end, those allegations would either have to be proved or not. This has nothing to do with smearing her at all.— James Selfe, DA Federal Executive Chairperson
A disciplinary hearing against De Lille will be held as soon as a convenient date is set, says Selfe.
He says a motion of no confidence in De Lille will continue on the February 15.
To hear more of this interview with the DA's James Selfe, listen below: