Patricia de Lille, the most powerful mayor of South Africa, resigned today from her position at the head of Cape Town, the second city in the country, after a prolonged confrontation with her political background.
De Lille, punctuated by accusations of corruption from his own party, Alianza Democrática (AD), announced that he also ceases to be a militant of that opposition group because he "can not remain" in an "abusive relationship".
"After 18 months I am free, free from oppression," he told the media, without fully clarifying his future in politics.
It closes a serious internal conflict for the main South African opposition party, which in 2019 will try to stand up to the African National Congress (ANC) -governor in the country since the arrival of democracy (1994) – in the electoral struggle for the Presidency of the country.
With a more liberal and centralist ideology, the AD is the second party with the most support in the country and is usually associated with the defense of the interests of the white minority (10%), even in spite of the election of black leaders. as Mmusi Maimane, current head of the party.
De Lille was the most powerful mayor of South Africa since 2011, since the mayorships of Johannesburg (economic center and most populated city) and Pretoria (capital of the country) are in the hands of men.
His relationship with the management of the AD had been deteriorating since 2017, due to accusations of corruption against her.
In 2018, in the middle of a crisis due to the severe drought that the city was going through, the conflict became an open war that led to the formation of withdrawal from membership and, consequently, support to maintain the Mayor's Office.
De Lille brought this decision to court and the courts gave him the reason, so his departure was suspended.
The City Hall of Cape Town will now go to Dan Plato, who was already the first mayor of the South African city between 2009 and 2011