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15 April 2018, 06:47 | Charlene Valdez
DA Demands De Lille Explain Her Attendance At EFF Event
The storm around Mayor Patricia De Lille's attendance at an EFF memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Wednesday has thrown open the debate on whether she plans to join a new political party.
Speaking at the party's memorial ceremony held in the Free State town of Brandfort (where Madikizela was "exiled" to by the apartheid government), he criticised ANC leaders like Gwede Mantashe for focusing on the negativity, instead of mourning the leader.
"We are asking that De Lille come forward and explain herself as to why she attended without notifying the party".
Let's leave the rest for Sunday when we have laid Mam'Winnie to rest.
De Lille is facing renewed pressure from her party after it adopted a recall clause which has since been dubbed the "De Lille clause"‚ which allows the DA to recall its elected public representatives from office.
Nt'sekhe said De Lille broke protocol by not informing the DA, even if she had attended in her personal capacity. "But we will require from her some explanation about why she didn't tell us‚" said Selfe. [DA leader Mmusi Maimane] was also invited to speak at the event by the EFF, but due to prior commitments, he could not attend.
"The problem is not with De Lille attending; it is with her not following protocol". De Lille had a good relationship with [Madikizela-Mandela], and this is respected.
"She is coming as a speaker because she worked very close with uMama but she is not joining the EFF‚" said Malema.
"A memorial service it is customary that you must go", De Lille said. "And I said: "Mama Winnie‚ I have got it under control but thank you for your support"‚" said De Lille. "People would love to know about Winnie", she said.
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