Patricia de Lille removal could cost James Selfe his job

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DA federal council chairman James Selfe could soon find himself out of a job as the party battles to manage the fallout over the axing of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille.

According to a report by The Sunday Times, multiple sources have revealed that several senior leaders of the DA want Selfe to be held “accountable” for the party’s messy handling of the De Lille matter.

Party insiders also indicated that leader Mmusi Maimane and chief whip John Steenhuisen were among those who have privately expressed unhappiness over Selfe’s management of the De Lille affair.

According to close party sources, Maimane, Steenhuisen and other DA leaders started pointing fingers at Selfe after De Lille defeated them in the high court, which ordered the party to halt De Lille’s dismissal.

They claim Selfe weakened their case by including the argument that De Lille had axed herself as a party member by saying during a talk radio 702 interview that she would walk away from the DA as soon as her name is cleared.

The sources have indicated that the issue of tackling Selfe was expected to be raised from the floor at the next DA federal council meeting due to take place next month.

“There’s …  murmurs that there’s somebody who has to be held accountable. But that will be dealt with at the next federal council meeting,” said one source, who is a senior MP.

[Source: The Sunday Times]

 

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