Smith, a member of De Lille’s mayoral committee, said the truth would never come out.
After more than 10 months of mudslinging and court cases, the DA and De Lille have decided to put an end to it with De Lille resigning - but retaining her DA membership -and the party dropping all charges against her. DA leader Mmusi Maimane and De Lille appeared at a press conference together, announcing the decision.
“There were several councillors who were ready to testify against Patricia, because just as she was worried about her reputation, we also suffered reputational damage. We wanted the truth out. She knew that disciplinary hearings were to be held in camera and are not open to the media. The party called her bluff, and then this happened,” said Smith, who is also deputy DA caucus leader in the City.
Smith said those who were willing to testify against De Lille included Xanthea Limberg, mayco member for water and sanitation, deputy mayor Ian Neilson and councillor Steve Bryant.