The DA insists that it has no issue with the party's embattled Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, attending a memorial for struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela hosted by rival opposition party the EFF.
Public leadership expert Erwin Schwella says he doesn't expect De Lille to immediately retire from politics if she is loses her DA membership.
"This is evidently [a] witch-hunt by the lily-white liberals‚" Shivambu tweeted yesterday.
City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille gestures during a service to pray for her at World Harvest Ministries on January 14, 2018 in Langa, South Africa.
De Lille's party, the Democratic Alliance, has since said it would be asking her for reasons why she attended, saying she had not informed the party beforehand, as was protocol.
"Free State DA provincial leader Patricia Komape and DA members in the Free State were at the memorial service as well", Shivambu reacted on Twitter.
The DA regularly receives invitations from other political parties to address events or rallies and this is not in any way unusual.
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She says anyone who wants to make speculations about why she attended the EFF event and whether she would be joining the EFF in future should ask her on Sunday after Mam' Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral. I mean [DA leader Mmusi Maimane] has done so.
"Patricia worked with Mama Winnie and it's within her right to pay tribute in an appropriate platform".
"She said, "what are those boys doing to you?"
De Lille declined to comment specifically on Selfe's comments.
"Nobody says there is a problem with the mayor speaking at the event".
"I am not prepared to do an interview. we must show respect for Mama Winnie‚ that's why I went to pay tribute to her as a friend‚" De Lille said.