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14 Oct 2019
6:39 pm

DA Cape Town motion of no confidence against JP Smith suspended

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Smith was, according to a letter calling for the motion, accused of 'destructive behaviour' and driving disunity within the caucus.

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith. Picture: Gallo Images

DA Cape Town caucus deputy leader JP Smith has dodged a motion of no confidence after it was withdrawn on Monday.

DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela told News24 the motion was suspended.

“We agreed on mediation,” Madikizela said.

Smith was, according to a letter calling for the motion, accused of “destructive behaviour” and driving disunity within the caucus, IOL reported.

It was alleged that during this year’s election campaign, Smith led meetings that “plotted against” and planned the “removal” of DA metro regional chairperson Grant Twigg.

Last week, Twigg survived a motion of no confidence himself after being accused of not differentiating between party and state, as well as abusing his official position as a Mayco member in order to be re-elected, EWN reported.

Smith told IOL the motion against him was a form of “retaliation” and “tit for tat”.

He charged he had been through this before and people “will come after you” when you “stand up and speak out”.

According to the Mail and Guardian, the motion tabled by Courtney van Wyk noted findings of the Steenhuisen report into tensions in the party in the metro, which he charged found Smith at the “centre of heightened tensions and disunity within the caucus”.

The motion read that several formal complaints of destructive and egregious behaviour had been reported to the caucus executive.

On Monday morning, Smith told News24 it was an “internal caucus matter and in terms of caucus discipline I am not entitled to discuss it”.

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