Cape Town will enter a new phase of drought management, with Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille having been stripped of some of her powers, particularly regarding the water crisis. In a special meeting called by De Lille herself, the City Council was to vote on two matters – the proposed drought levy and the punitive water tariff. They were instead thrown a curve ball when Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson also introduced extensive amendments, which put restructuring, proposed by the DA Federal Executive on Sunday, back on the table. With the Mayor’s party effectively having publicly turned its back on her, the meeting was a stark reminder of the deepening tensions that ratepayers will ultimately bear the brunt of. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.