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Why did Patricia de Lille resign as the Mayor of Cape Town?

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DA to finalise appointment of Cape Town mayor next month

The DA and de Lille seem to have different ideas as to why she resigned her mayoral position.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has claimed that the party and Patricia de Lille came to an agreement that they would drop the charges if she agreed to resign as Mayor of Cape Town. However, de Lille made a contradictory statement on Twitter.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane confirmed the DA’s version of the story in an official statement: “We were both desirous of finding a mutually agreeable resolution, and we have done so. I am confident that this outcome is in the best interests of the people of Cape Town,” he said.

On the other hand, de Lille took to Twitter, claiming the following, “I want to assure South Africans that I did not make a deal with the DA. I took the personal decision to resign because I could no longer take the consistent abuse. It was a very difficult decision and I trust that everyone will understand.”

De Lille, who will remain a member of the party, had a list of allegations against her including corruption as well as abusive and unprofessional behaviour.

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