Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

De Lille to attend EFF's Madikizela-Mandela's service in Brandfort

De Lille to attend EFF's Madikizela-Mandela's service in Brandfort

Public leadership expert Erwin Schwella says he doesn't expect De Lille to immediately retire from politics if she is loses her DA membership.

"Free State DA provincial leader Patricia Komape and DA members in the Free State were at the memorial service as well".

This follows a petition by the DA requesting de Lille explain her reasons for attending the event.

"The DA regularly receives invitations from other political parties to address events or rallies and this is not in any way unusual".

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Nt'sekhe said De Lille broke protocol by not informing the DA, even if she had attended in her personal capacity.

Embattled City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille will be addressing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memorial service hosted by the EFF in Brandfort.

De Lille meanwhile was unavailable to comment on the issue at the time of publication, telling News24 she was in a meeting. Earlier when her troubles started‚ many linked her to the party but she downplayed the suggestions at the time‚ saying she was only concerned about clearing her name.

"She is coming as a speaker because she worked very close with uMama but she is not joining the EFF‚" said Malema.

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The storm around Mayor Patricia De Lille's attendance at an EFF memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Wednesday has thrown open the debate on whether she plans to join a new political party.

"The DA has, along with the nation, been mourning the death of Mrs Madikizela-Mandela and refuses to be drawn into mud-slinging in her is simply inappropriate".

The party will therefore formally ask for an explanation as to her reasons for attending, he said.

The Cape Town mayor said the passing of an individual should not be made an issue, adding that yesterday she responded to her party that she would only deal with these issues after Madikizela-Mandela's funeral.

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She later sobbed as she took her seat.

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