City of Cape Town caucus recommends De Lille's removal

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Kesson threatens to sue De Lille over defamatory comments

Craig Kesson, the executive director in Patricia De Lille’s office, who has made allegations of wrongdoing by the Cape Town mayor, is threatening to sue her if she does not stop making defamatory comments and allegations against him.

The threat is contained in a letter from Kesson’s lawyer John MacRobert sent to De Lille on Friday. This is after De Lille, on numerous occasions, on different media platforms, accused Kesson of lying.

In a sworn affidavit, Kesson accused De Lille of covering up corruption. This followed the Sunday Times revelations last year about alleged wrongdoing in the Foreshore Freeway Project.

TimesLive reported that in one of his allegations‚ Kesson said De Lille had asked him to bury a report with damning allegations of corruption involving more than R43m in a MyCiTi bus tender. Law firm Bowman Gilfillan has been investigating the matter.

De Lille’s job as Cape Town mayor is on the line as the DA’s federal executive is expected to meet on Sunday to discuss reports from the two inquiries into her conduct. One is an internal inquiry conducted by John Steenhuisen and the second the investigation by Bowman Gilfillan.

The federal executive will make a decision about De Lille’s future on Sunday.

In his letter to De Lille, MacRobert gave her until the end of business on Friday to “retract unconditionally and unreservedly, and apologise unequivocally” to Kesson on all media and social media platforms she used when she called him a liar. De Lille has also been instructed to retract and apologise unequivocally for the defamatory allegations she made against Kesson.
 

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By the people for the people.

How do you expect roads and sewage to be built and maintained when construction companies need armed security to enter and do work in the areas?

Not to mention the tools and goods that get stolen during the night.

So obviously they would rather spend their efforts on Somerset West because they can actually do their jobs.

This has nothing to do with the political parties.


ignorant, you are referring to one or two areas on the cape flats
Nothing ignorant about it.

The statement in question referred to Mannenberg and the response was the same.

Not the entire Cape Flats.

Also not sure how one can be ignorant when it's based on persobal experience. You can't just ignore that.
Remind me how it's ignorance again.

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How far does this personal experience extend to on the cape flats?
Construction projects in all the varying locations where the municipality and also private businesses operate.

Regardless as per today's link it's a real by the people for the people problem so how can you blame the City or Cape Town when areas that aren't a safety hazard and makes their lives easier are doing better?

The exact same input has vastly different output in varying locations depending on the cooperation of the surrounding people.
 

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DA FedEx resolves to formally charge, investigate De Lille

Cape Town - The DA’s federal executive has decided to formally charge and investigate Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

This comes following months of serious claims and counterclaims, involving allegations of intimidation, criminality and misconduct, being exchanged between some of the City of Cape Town’s most senior staff, including De Lille.

On Sunday the DA's federal executive met to discuss reasons she submitted detailing why she should not resign as mayor.

The infighting and decision by the federal executive comes as Cape Town officials grapple to deal with the worst drought experienced in more than a hundred years.

De Lille has recently come under fire, facing several allegations levelled at her by colleagues.
So all the alleged charges of corruption, was only just part of a smoke screen...? to discredit her..?




https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...formally-charge-investigate-de-lille-20180114
 

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DA FedEx resolves to formally charge, investigate De Lille
So all the alleged charges of corruption, was only just part of a smoke screen...? to discredit her..?
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...formally-charge-investigate-de-lille-20180114
There already was an investigation. Most likely it means they are going through the various processes in their own organization.
This subcommittee, convened by DA leader Mmusi Maimane, started its hearings in early October 2017.

Allegations against De Lille, contained in a confidential report independent investigation, by Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys and which was commissioned by the City council, were also expected to be dealt with during the federal executive meeting on Sunday.
 

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Construction projects in all the varying locations where the municipality and also private businesses operate.

Regardless as per today's link it's a real by the people for the people problem so how can you blame the City or Cape Town when areas that aren't a safety hazard and makes their lives easier are doing better?

The exact same input has vastly different output in varying locations depending on the cooperation of the surrounding people.
Do some research on how that areas became like that or why such issues were allowed to perpetuate in addition to the effects of apartheid spatial planning. Years of none delivery of services. You are talking about inter alia the renovation of the rental stock. Again ask yourself when last that was done before.
 

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Do some research on how that areas became like that or why such issues were allowed to perpetuate in addition to the effects of apartheid spatial planning. Years of none delivery of services. You are talking about inter alia the renovation of the rental stock. Again ask yourself when last that was done before.
Sure you aren’t wrong on that front.

But the fact is that in the here and now the problem is perpetuated by the people making it as hard as possible for the city and other private companies to help them improve the area.
 

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Construction projects in all the varying locations where the municipality and also private businesses operate.

Regardless as per today's link it's a real by the people for the people problem so how can you blame the City or Cape Town when areas that aren't a safety hazard and makes their lives easier are doing better?

The exact same input has vastly different output in varying locations depending on the cooperation of the surrounding people.
which locations?
 

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The problems exist all over but specifically referring to Hanover Park and Mannenberg.

But there are many others I’m not directly aware of, pretty much anywhere new sewage is being installed or other long term construction.

It’s all the same places where paramedics get attacked in ambulances and the like. The people simply don’t want to be helped.

Or rather an element amongst the people.

Other projects in Imizamo Yethu (Hout Bay) aren’t as bad but also make it very difficult.

Delft is surprisingly more reasonable I believe but then it’s not properly Cape Flats either.
 

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She served her purpose....sewed up the coloured vote....Bonginkosi Madikizela will be the next mayor... -the Zille wing of the party has won this round.

Must just add, seems like there has been an internal settlement within the DA, how factions, lack of a better word, will be in control of certain regions, where the DA governs.
I agree.
 

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CoCT Manager quits

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town city manager Achmat Ebrahim has resigned after more than 10 years at the helm.

Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Monday that Ebrahim had worked his last day on Friday, the same day he was due to provide the city council with reasons why he should not face suspension pending disciplinary steps against him.

"He further stated, in terms of the ongoing investigations, he would furnish my office with all the evidence files as it pertains to his involvement in these allegations."

In his resignation letter, Ebrahim said he was easily able to defend the allegations against him contained in a city legal report, in which he is implicated in misconduct for allegedly failing to report corruption to the council.

Ebrahim recently told an investigative team from law firm Bowman Gilfillan that it was de Lille who blocked him from taking further action against transport commissioner Melissa Whitehead after she was implicated in tender corruption.

Ebrahim added she also stopped him from reporting the matter to council.

De Lille is currently facing disciplinary charges from the Democratic Alliance for allegedly sending text messages to members of a selection panel, pressing them to re-appoint Ebrahim as city manager when his contract ended in 2016.
 

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REVEALED: The DA's scathing findings against power-drunk De Lille

The report's findings include that:

• The residents of Cape Town were the big losers in a "turf war" between De Lille and councillor JP Smith over the shutting down of the city’s special investigations unit (SIU);

• De Lille pushed for a family friend to be appointed to the board of a municipal entity;

• A close family member of De Lille's may have benefitted from a controversial city tender;

• De Lille believes she, rather than the DA, was the driving force behind the party's successful 2016 election campaign, and

• De Lille is prone to bullying councillors who do not agree with her, calling them "stupid".

The Steenhuisen panel believes that instead of trying to get to the bottom of tensions, De Lille planned to punish DA members who made submissions against her to the commission.
And, among many other accusations is this gem:
Appointments, apparently made on either De Lille’s orders or influence, were detailed in the report.

One such appointment was that of former ANC councillor and poo thrower, Loyiso Nkohla.

Nkohla was previously a leader of Ses'khona People’s Rights Movement – an organisation which made headlines in 2013 when members threw human faeces at the Cape Town International Airport, as well as other locations, to highlight the need for better sanitation in impoverished areas.

In 2016, he joined the DA. This move was frowned upon by some in the party.

'Nkohla’s increasing role is disturbing'

The report said the subcommittee was disturbed to hear about "the increasingly central role" Nkohla played in the City’s administration.

"It remains unclear how Mr Nkohla was employed in the city, but what is beyond dispute is that his entry into the city administration was facilitated by the mayor," it said.

After concerns from the public and within the DA, Nkohla was moved to mayoral committee member for water, informal settlements and waste services Xanthea Limberg’s offices, to apparently fill the role of a community liaison officer.

"The mayor indicates in her submission that this was 'approved by Cllr Limberg'. This does not however seem likely, as Cllr Limberg has indicated to the subcommittee that she was in fact most uneasy about this arrangement."

Limberg, according to the report, had very little control of Nkohla and was not sure of what work he was doing.

Nkohla 'mandated by De Lille'

It said Nkohla had often been heard saying: "I act with the mandate of the mayor". The report said he used this phrase particularly when he did not appear to be getting his way.

It found that he was allocated a council vehicle and he had ignored the City policy that these vehicles may not be taken home.

The report also said there was evidence showing Nkohla resided in a property rented out in the name of a house developer who was based in KwaZulu-Natal.

"It is unclear why this arrangement exists, but given Mr Nkohla’s proximity to the housing function in the city it may well constitute a potential conflict of interest and warrants further investigation…

"It remains unclear why he is allowed to wield so much influence within the city and why he appears to enjoy the ongoing patronage and protection of the mayor."
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...indings-against-power-drunk-de-lille-20180116
 
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A white male is on hand to step into her shoes in the meantime. He will no doubt be a permanent replacement for her.
 
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