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De Lille takes swipe at Moonshot Pact, coalitions as she wins second term as Good party leader

De Lille takes swipe at Moonshot Pact, coalitions as she wins second term as Good party leader
Illustrative image: Good leader Patricia de Lille (Photos: Wikipedia | Leila Dougan)

‘Let me be clear again: Good is no bedfellow of the ANC,’ said party leader Patricia de Lille during the party’s national elective conference at the weekend – its first since it was formed almost five years ago.

Patricia de Lille was elected unopposed as the leader of the Good party during its elective conference in Cape Town on Saturday, 11 November. It was attended by about 500 members at City Hall. 

It was the party’s first national elective conference since its formation on 8 December 2018. Besides reports by party leaders, RISE Mzansi leader Songezo Zibi was a guest speaker. 

Before the election of leaders, De Lille delivered a fiery speech, which ranged from coalition talks to her successes in government. 

Moonshot pacts and ‘enemies of progress’ 

“South Africans will go to the polls in what is arguably the most crucial election since 1994,” said De Lille about next year’s general elections. This sentiment has been echoed several times by political parties and civil society. 

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The Good party’s national conference was held in Cape Town on Saturday, 11 November 2023. (Photo: Facebook / GOOD)

De Lille said: “When a liberation party fails, chaos can reign in its place.” This end of the electoral dominance by a party “breeds pockets of populism, extremism and misguided opportunism”. 

“At the same time, the forces of the right are consolidating, including the makers and beneficiaries of apartheid, under the auspices of a Moonshot Charter. We cannot let the enemies of progress retake the reins of power,” she said. 

Read more in Daily Maverick: Raring to ‘Grow’ — De Lille’s Good party in ‘precarious position’ in run-up to first elective conference

At another point during her speech, she referred to the “Moonshot Pact, or whatever the name of that thing is this week”.

The multiparty pact involves the DA – De Lille’s former political home – the African Christian Democratic Party, the Freedom Front Plus, the IFP, ActionSA, the United Independent Movement, the Independent South African National Civic Organisation and the Spectrum National Party.

Read more in Daily Maverick: Multi-Party Charter for South Africa agrees on key power-sharing principles

“As we enter the era of coalition politics, our political culture must change with it. South Africans are sick and tired of the adversarial character of our politics that plays out in everyday political discourse,” said the veteran politician, adding that “they want our leaders to check their egos at the door and come together to forge sensible solutions to South Africa’s complex problems”. 

Coalitions

De Lille said not all coalitions were dysfunctional like the one in the City of Johannesburg, which has had numerous mayors and motions of no confidence since the 2021 local government elections. “Lloyd, that is the worst example,” said De Lille, addressing Lloyd Phillips, Good’s sole representative in the city council. 

De Lille said there were stable coalitions in the country, some of which Good was part of. She cited Theewaterskloof, which is governed by a coalition of Good, the ANC and the Patriotic Alliance. 

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Good party members at the national conference in Cape Town on Saturday, 11 November 2023. (Photo: Facebook / GOOD)

The municipality and coalition recently came under fire after Daily Maverick reported that its officials from Good and the ANC went on an “official state visit” to France to watch the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand. 

Read more in Daily Maverick: ‘Official state visit’ to watch Rugby World Cup final kicks up Theewaterskloof Municipality funding spat

De Lille did not mention this incident in her speech. 

‘Good is no bedfellow of the ANC’ 

De Lille touched on being the only opposition member in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet: “Some people have questioned my decision to take up a Cabinet [position] in 2019, and they still do, but they’re jealous.” 

After the 2019 elections, De Lille was appointed minister of public works and infrastructure, and in February this year she was made tourism minister in a Cabinet reshuffle. 

“Let me be clear again: Good is no bedfellow of the ANC,” she stressed, adding that since the 1994 elections there has been an opposition member in Cabinet. 

De Lille has a contentious history with the DA (she referred to them as “blue liars), as a member of which she became an MEC in the Western Cape as well as Cape Town mayor for eight years. During a nasty and prolonged split with the party in 2018, she officially launched GOOD in December that year.

“I think [DA leader] John Steenhuisen is praying every night to become minister,” she said. 

The Good party’s national elective conference was its first since its formation on 8 December 2018. (Photo: Facebook / GOOD)

New leaders elected

Twenty-eight officials were elected to the party’s leadership council, its highest decision-making body between conferences. 

De Lille, who will serve a second term, ran uncontested, as did Brett Herron who was elected secretary-general. City of Cape Town councillor Suzette Little is the party’s new deputy secretary-general and Matthew Cook is the new chairperson, with Thabo Pheku as his deputy. 

The party also elected representatives for women (Rachel Wapad), youth (Kaden Arguile), LGBTQIA+ (Carlos Mesquita), persons with disabilities (Joy Davids) and sports and culture (Lulama Benge). 

The elected councillors’ representative was Johnathan Cupido. 

The representatives on the provincial leadership council are: Hubert Hendricks and Lawrence Troon (Eastern Cape); Dewan de Swardt and Ulinda Lotz (Gauteng); Yandisa Tshotwana North West, uncontested); Elizabeth Johnson and Anna Swanepoel (Northern Cape); and Theewaterskloof deputy mayor John Michels and Ryan Don (Western Cape. DM

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  • Cape Doctor says:

    When I had dealings with her in the 90’s, I found Patricia de Lille to be an intelligent, astute politician. Now Aunty Pat seems to have less political integrity than Marc Lottering’s Aunty Merle. Watch her duck and dive as we approach the 2024 Elections. She will flit in the direction of any political grouping which serves her own selfish interests.

  • Fanie Rajesh Ngabiso says:

    @Patricia anyone who makes any attempt to break down the one chance South Africa has to be rid of this slow acting terminal ANC poison is devoid of any intelligence whatsoever.

  • John Lewis says:

    The party exists for no reason other than to give Aunty Pat a cabinet job. It will hopefully join COPE in oblivion in the next election.

  • kaymwt says:

    She would say that because she is on the ANC gravy train.

  • Ben Harper says:

    Well that’s just indicative of a useless party – appoint a corrupt leader, right out of the anc ministerial handbook

  • Colin Donian says:

    Language and what it means or implies is important.
    The headline needs a small but meaningful reconfiguration.
    “De Lille takes swipe at Moonshot Pact, coalitions as she wins second term as Good party head” (or CEO or some other word, just not leader or leadership).
    Leadership is not ‘a role’, an office, a position or a title.
    A person cannot be elected or appointed to be a leader either.
    Leadership is what we do, how we do it and what we achieve – irrespective of these other conditions.
    Thanks

  • Pierre Cornelissen says:

    I just wondered if the party members had to pay an “entrance fee” and if so, how much?

  • Cliff McCormick says:

    I live in the Theewaterkloof (TWK) municipality. It was previously a DA area, but they did such a bad job they were voted out. although they did leave a stable municipality with cash in the bank, It is now a failed, bankrupt municipality. The Good party are part of that demise. Like all politicians, De Lille speaks with a forked tongue.

  • Leslie van Minnen says:

    The lady of many parties. I agree that she will go the the highest bidder. GOOD is no bedfellow of the ANC. Yet this lady is a member of the cabinet. having to be in opposition was not profitable for her. There are still a number of other parties that she can try out. If not elected then I say “GOOD” riddance to her. Perhaps an admin job at her failed Theewaterkloof municipality would be a “GOOD’ move for her.

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