On Sunday, former mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille announced that she will be launching her own political party to contest in the 2019 elections. While the name of the party is yet to be revealed, De Lille said that her party is one that ‘stands for good in the country’. Since her resignation from the DA in October, and despite corruption reports and legal battles, this politician has made it clear she is not giving up her place in politics.
The idea behind the ‘For Good’ Movement
You can hear Patricia de Lille speak about her political movement ‘For Good’ on Cape Talk. She had the following to say: ‘I’m inviting all South Africans, black, white, coloured or Indian, who are in search of something new that will disrupt our current political system to join me’. De Lille wants to introduce a ‘new style of politics’, which puts young people at the forefront of change in South Africa.
Other former DA councillors are expected to join
When asked about the councillors who resigned from the City of Cape Town alongside her, Patricia de Lille emphasised that the choice is theirs as to whether or not they’d like to join her party. According to the Mail & Guardian, councillors who have recently resigned from the DA have accused this party of racism, and they are expected to join De Lille’s party. She expects that the DA will try and discredit her.
The party is to tackle the legacy of apartheid
The politician highlighted spatial planning in Cape Town and other imbalances perpetuated by the legacy of apartheid in her announcement as one of the main points of focus. The Daily Maverick reports that Patricia de Lille also spoke about a lack of leadership in reconciliation and ‘meaningful reform’ since the passing of Nelson Mandela.
De Lille has confirmed, referring to an Ipsos survey, that there is support for her party. The election campaign will officially be launched in January next year.
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