Patricia de Lille is once again facing calls for her head this weekend after the DA demanded that Cyril Ramaphosa ‘acts decisively’ against the Public Works minister for a string of alleged offences.

What the minister is accused of

PDL denies the allegations against her, but a statement issued by the opposition on Sunday accuses ‘Aunty Pat’ of acting unlawfully in her position. A number of accusations have been against de Lille made by senior officials in her Department, which include the following:

  • Giving unlawful instructions to officials.
  • Orchestrating the constructive dismissal of officials.
  • Acting on purported ulterior motives in the termination of contract workers.
  • Interfering with numerous projects, including that of the Beitbridge border fence.
  • The DA also believes there should be charges of corruption, mismanagement, irregular procurement, and nepotism for Patricia de Lille to answer.

‘Fire Patricia de Lille’, DA asks Ramaphosa

Samantha Graham-Mare is the DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Public Works. She believes that President Ramaphosa ‘is left with no other choice’ but to fire de Lille in the next few days. Cyril has been asked to review the complaints leveled against the head of the department, who is now fighting another battle to clear her name.

“President Ramaphosa has no choice but to fire Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure.”

“It has been a week since the Democratic Alliance (DA) submitted a letter to President Ramaphosa detailing the ongoing political meddling of Minister de Lille in her Department. Following specific examples of her interference, including that of the Beitbridge border fence, the President has yet to respond to these allegations.”

“De Lille remains in situ, impugning the characters of her detractors and doggedly refusing to answer allegations against her. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure needs decisive leadership and policy direction from a Minister who understands their mandate. Patricia de Lille is not that Minister.”

Samantha Graham-Mare

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Presh JM Reporter

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