A nearly year-long battle between Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille and the Democratic Alliance leadership ended with an agreement on Sunday, with de Lille announcing her resignation as mayor at the end of October.
This means there will be no disciplinary hearing for the mayor.
De Lille says all she ever wanted was to clear her name of the allegations levelled against her by the DA and now that all the charges have been withdrawn, she can finally move on with her life.
I have been fighting all along for a principle and not a position. My fight was to clear my name and when the DA approached me and offered to withdraw the charges, I was then satisfied. There was no secret deal...— Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town
I stand to gain nothing from this decision. I was offered a position as a member of Parliament and a member of the legislature but I am walking away from my position as the mayor because it was never about the position but the principle.— Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town
De Lille says she will be in office till the end of October to wrap up on some of the projects she's been working on and to start the transitioning period, to hand over to whoever will be appointed as the next mayor of Cape Town.
She says she hasn't made a decision on whether she will remain a member of the DA after the 1st of November and whether she will remain in politics.
I have not yet made a decision, all I am saying is that I am committed to serving my country and I remain committed to doing so, to build an alternative to the ANC to make sure that we save our country. At this point I can't give a definite yes or no on what I am going to do.— Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town
To hear the rest of the interview with Mayor Patricia de Lille, listen below: