DeLille and Smith on ‘special leave’
Written by Shana Fife on October 3, 2017
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith have both been placed on Special Leave by the Democratic Alliance (DA).
The two have been in a very public spat regarding the closure of a city anti-crime unit.
De Lille on Monday released a press release which accused Smith of ‘dragging her name through the mud’.
City of Cape Town speaker Dirk Smit had issued a statement on Sunday, denying that there was anything irregular about security equipment installations at De Lille’s home.
National DA spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme announced the ‘leave’ on Tuesday.
“I have also spoken to the DA party leadership reminding them that there is a separation between party and State and that this is an operational matter. I expressed my dissatisfaction to the party leadership, Mmusi Maimane and James Selfe about how JP Smith is dragging my name through the mud for the sake of sensationalism”, De Lille said on Monday.
News24 reports, that it has since emerged that a meeting between Maimane, De Lille and Smith was held on Monday night.
“In recent days various allegations and counter allegations have been made in the Cape Town press involving [De Lille] and [Smith],” Van Damme said in the statement on Tuesday.
“DA Leader Mmusi Maimane called both Mayor de Lille and Cllr Smith to account for their actions at a meeting held last night. Following that meeting, Mr Maimane has placed Mayor de Lille and Cllr Smith on special leave from DA activities in the Cape Town Metro until such time as a DA Federal Executive investigation can be concluded.”