Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille File picture: Tracey Adams/ANA

Cape Town - The African National Congress in the Western Cape saved City of Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille as it withdrew its planned motion of no confidence against her.

ANC Chief Whip Thandi Makasi said: “The DA has prioritised factionalism over the needs of the people of the City of Cape Town. They are collectively responsible for this water crisis. It is for the reason that the ANC  will have to withdraw the motion of no confidence  in today’s conference meeting and innstead call for the national government through the minister of cooperative government to evoke section 100 of the constitution and put the City of Cape Town under administration,”

Section 100 of the Constitution provides that when provinces fail to deliver on their constitutional obligations, the national government may intervene.

Makasi said they are also calling for the provincial government of the Western Cape to be placed under administration.

“We would like to state clearly that our motion of no confidence is directed at Patricia de Lille as DA appointed mayor including her DA collective, deputy mayor and entire mayoral committee,’ she said.

“We will not allow the DA to use our motion to fight its own destructive and racist internal battles at the expense of the people of the City,”

ANC leader in the council‚ Xolani Sotashe said they have lost confidence in DA-led government, but will not allow the DA to hijack their motion.

“They (DA) have failed to invoke section 139 of the Constitution, they didn’t hear yesterday that there are alot of wrongs in this administration. The fact that the leadership of the DA the Fedex comes in, it means the matter is beyond our imagination, there is rampant corruption going on,” said Sotashe.

“We are retreating by withdrawing our motion of no confidence, we are saying the problem is bigger than De Lille here in the City of Cape Town. We can remove De Lille, we don’t have a problem, but tomorrow we will be sitting with the same problem. The problem here is the leadership of the DA that is failing to govern,” he added.

Western Cape DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela has slammed the ANC's decision to withdraw the motion, saying that the party has chosen to ignore "crucial facts in the interest of politicking".

Political Bureau