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De Lille calls it a day, steps down as Western Cape DA leader

Cape Town and Western cape provincial commander in chief Patricia de Lille is stepping out of the spotlight to focus on her role as mayor of the Mother City.

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She’s been one of the Democratic Alliance’s key leaders since Helen Zille set the party on its current trajectory, but De Lille’s decided to step down as leader of the blue province and focus solely on her role as mayor of Cape Town.

Earlier in January she announced the formation of a brand new mayoral committee for Cape Town, which is charged with stepping up the rooting out of apartheid planning in the Mother City.

“Taking Cape Town to the next level of government is an exciting prospect, but one that will take all of my time,” De Lille told the Cape Argus.

“As we position the party to be the next national government, I believe that those of us in government and other spheres have a duty to build the party’s experience in, and capacity for, public management in preparation for effective custodianship of the state,” she said, adding that she’s not planning on running for Western Cape Premier, after Helen Zille steps down.

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