DA won't let De Lille hold on to her job, predicts governance expert

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille will on Wednesday face a motion of no confidence from the DA's Cape Town caucus.

Last week, the DA's Federal Executive granted the caucus permission to vote on an internal motion of no confidence in the embattled mayor.

In February, De Lille survived a motion brought by the DA through a vote of the full council.

Read: CT Mayor De Lille says she's open to mediation after beating no-confidence vote

This time however, only the mayor's DA colleagues will decide her fate.

Public governance expert Prof Erwin Schwella doubts that De Lille will survive the motion.

He says the DA is making a calculated move in response to De Lille's lack of loyalty and her clashes with various leadership structures.

Read more: 'It's a first-class dilemma for the DA, and a sweet victory for the mayor'

The DA is definitely calculating the amount of damage it will be suffering. They had to make a calculated risk-based assessment.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

At this point, it's very clear that the mayor doesn't have any loyalty towards the DA.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

De Lille has had clashes with people in the DA's Federal Executive, in the province, in the party and within the caucus.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

Prof Schwella argues that De Lille will take some of the constituencies away from the DA and impact the DA's next election results, should they expel her from the party.

There will be some siphoning away.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

She will probably be out of the mayoral position in the next month.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

On Monday, the ANC launched its election campaign in the Western Cape and added that embattled De Lille would have a place in the party.

Also read: ANC names its WC election head and says De Lille more than welcome to join party

Prof Schwella says that De Lille's relationship with the DA is irreconcilably broken down, regardless of whether she defeats the no-confidence bid.

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