Patricia de Lille

Zara Nicholson

Metro Writer

THERE was a heated exchange in the council yesterday when a councillor said Mayor Patricia de Lille was moving her mother to a “white suburb” while the poor complained about inadequate services.

African Christian Democratic Party Councillor Ferlon Christians said people in poor areas complained about how the DA was giving them “raw houses” while she moved her mother to a white suburb.

Christians was speaking while the council was discussing the matter of ANC councillor Loyiso Nkohla’s disciplinary case over his involvement in the sanitation protests.

Christians said while the actions of Nkohla were unfortunate, he was also disappointed with the way the mayor dealt with the sanitation issue.

“I feel the mayor could’ve handled the poo issue better and hope this costs the DA the majority. People complain to me that the DA gives them raw houses while she moves her mother to a white area… People are slowly but surely seeing the mayor is no longer a champion for the poor,” he said.

De Lille’s mother lives in Kraaifontein.

De Lille took offence at the reference to her mother, saying: “Councillor Christians should rather pray for the young man because he needs divine intervention. And you can say what you want about me – but don’t use my mother’s name and bring it into politics.”

De Lille also had spirited exchanges with the ANC leader in council, Tony Ehrenreich, defending her stance on diversity and the extension of services such as MyCiTi.

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