Cape Town - People always do a double-take when Edith Andrews walks by.
That’s because Andrews and the City of Cape Town’s mayor, Patricia de Lille, share an uncanny resemblance.
Andrews, 57, a legal secretary, says she has become accustomed to the attention she receives wherever she goes.
On one occasion, she was mistaken for the mayor in a casino, and a punter accused her of gambling the city’s money away. When she produced her ID document to prove she wasn’t De Lille, the man accused her of carrying fraudulent documents.
One day, while having dinner in a restaurant with her son and his wife, the entire restaurant staff gathered round her table to express their gratitude for the work the mayor had done around the city.
Asked if she enjoyed the attention, Andrews said she had learnt to laugh it off. And she said she always corrected people’s mistaken impressions.
Recently by chance Andrews came face to face with the mayor herself at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
“I didn’t expect her, being the busy woman that she is, to give me the time of day - but she invited me for coffee,” says Andrews.