A student’s response: Hannah Green
Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, Democratic Alliance (DA), has been stripped of her responsibilities for her ineffective response to the city’s water crisis. This comes at a critical moment for the DA, which just recently overcame years of minimal political representation to gain power in the Western Cape Province.
In response to De Lille’s removal, the DA political party has taken over the city’s water task force. While this article addresses the constitutional implications of a political party stepping in to govern in place of an elected official, this crisis also has severe implications for the DA.
In a class discussion on February 7 with Nicole Graham, DA Councillor and Deputy Leader, she explained how this removal could affect the party’s future. The DA is drawing criticism for removing the popular De Lille, which could reduce votes for the party in the Western Cape–the only province they have been able to capture since the party’s formation in 2000. After collecting approximately 22% of the vote in the last election, Graham said this crisis could contribute to a decline in votes for the DA, hurting their role as the nation’s main opposition party.