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'n Suid-Afrikaanse politikus en burgemeester van Kaapstad. | A South African politician and Mayor of Cape Town.


Patricia De Lille Biography



Patricia de Lille (17 Februarie 1951 in Beaufort-Wes) was die leier van die Onafhanklike Demokrate, 'n Suid-Afrikaanse politieke party wat deur haar in 2003 gestig is. Sy was ook voorheen 'n lid van die PAC. In 2011 word sy burgemeester van Kaapstad nadat sy haar by die Demokratiese Alliansie aangesluit het.


De Lille het vroeër jare in Kaapstad as 'n laboratorium-assistent gewerk, waar sy betrokke geraak het by die Suid-Afrikaanse Chemiese Werkersunie. In 1983 is sy tot lid van die nasionale uitvoerende komitee verkies. In 1988 is sy verkies tot nasionale ondervoorsitter van die National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu), wat die hoogste posisie was wat 'n vrou in die vakbondbeweging tot in daardie stadium beklee het.


In 1990 is sy tot die nasionale uitvoerende komitee van die PAC verkies en neem as sulks deel van die grondwetlike onderhandelings (Codesa) wat aanleiding tot die eerste demokratiese verkiesing op 27 April 1994 aanleiding gegee het. Van 1994 tot 1999 was sy voorsitter van die staande komitee op vervoer en ook hoofsweep van die PAC.


In die SABC3-program "Top 100 Great South Africans" is sy as nommer 22 aangewys.







Patricia de Lille (born 17 February 1951) is a South African politician and Mayor of Cape Town. She is also, concurrently, the leader of the Independent Democrats, a South African political party which she formed in 2003 during a floor-crossing window. On 15 August 2010, the ID merged with the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's official opposition, and de Lille has taken on dual party membership.


On 14 March 2011, De Lille beat Grant Pascoe, Shehaam Sims and incumbent Dan Plato to become the DA's mayoral candidate in Cape Town, ahead of the 2011 local government elections. She was declared the mayor-elect by the IEC on 20 May 2011.


De Lille was voted 22nd in the Top 100 Great South Africans, and is noted for her role in investigations into the country's controversial Arms Deal.



De Lille was born in 1951 in Beaufort West, and attended Bastiaanse Hoërskool. In 1974 she became a laboratory technician at a factory. She remained involved with the same company until 1990. During this time, she became involved in the South African Chemical Workers Union, starting off as a shop steward and then becoming regional secretary, before being elected to National Executive Member in 1983. In 1988 she was elected as National Vice-President of The National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU), the highest position for a woman in the trade union movement at that time.


In 1989 De Lille was elected onto the National Executive Committee of the Pan Africanist Movement (PAM). In 1994 she led a delegation in the constitutional negotiations that preceded South Africa's first democratic election in 1994, and was then appointed to the position of Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Transport from 1994–1999. She also served on various portfolio Committees including Health, Minerals and Energy, Trade and Industry, Communications, the Rules Committee and the Code of Ethics.


Later, she made use of parliamentary privilege to be a whistle-blower on the South African Arms Deal.


On 13 August 2010, after meetings with both the DA and ID executive, it was decided that the ID would indeed merge with the DA. On 15 August 2010, de Lille and DA Leader Helen Zille announced to the public that the ID would join the DA.



6 November 2008

updated: 2013-04-22

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