The Democratic Alliance (DA) causes has voted to remove Cape Town mayor, Patricia de lille after a no confidence vote against her on Wednesday.
97 people voted in favour of that motion, there were 15 abstentions and 41 against the motion.
Mayor De Lille says she was inspired and blessed with the message of support that she has been receiving from different people in the country and internationally.
It is what keeps me going. When we want to build a rights-based democracy, we also sometimes have to illustrate how you do that and how you claim these rights.— Patricia de Lille, Cape Town Mayor
And there was this recall clause specifically designed of course to get me out of the way, and so I am quite happy to be the guinea pig who is going to test this recall clause.— Patricia de Lille, Cape Town Mayor
Asked whether she accepts that the DA caucus has spoken, De Lille had this to say:
I think that the recall clause made it specifically clear that it cannot be applied retrospectively, and my understanding of that is that. So any reasons that gave rise to the vote of no confidence should have happened after congress adopted that clause.— Patricia de Lille, Cape Town Mayor
I was in a debate last night and listened to the various grounds and I have disputed them, because a lot of them, besides being not tested, its long before this clause actually became applicable.— Patricia de Lille, Cape Town Mayor
So that is why I say it's a test phase and I would have to hear from the federal executive, with all of it's reasons advanced by the caucus last night, which ones are applicable or not.— Patricia de Lille, Cape Town Mayor
Coming to confidence, if you look at the definition of confidence, it's got a lot to do with feelings, you know it's how I feel. I have a lot of feelings about many people, nationally, provincially about other politicians, so my feelings should not cloud the right of any person that is entitled to natural justice that must be subject to a due process.— Patricia de Lille, Cape Town Mayor
De Lille says she finds it bizarre that she was subjected to a motion of no confidence, while another disciplinary process is still underway.
But I have never seen a situation where you are coming before a disciplinary process, but another process is taking place of no-confidence, that is really my concern.— Patricia de Lille, Cape Town Mayor
The mayor feels the allegations leveled against her are driven by certain individuals and says that she hasn't been given an opportunity to test the claims and clear her name.
Listen below to the full response by the Mayor:
This article first appeared on 702 : De Lille questions no-confidence vote in parallel with disciplinary processes