EPISODE 3: Patricia de Lille – First Female party political leader
Baufort West-born Patricia De Lille – affectionately known as ‘Aunty Pat’ – is a former anti-apartheid activist and politician. Patricia champions the practical application of the constitution, which led her to become the first woman to start a political party in 2003 – The Independent Democrats.
Most recently, De Lille launched a new political party. This followed a hostile departure from the Democratic Alliance, after having faced accusations of misconduct whilst being Mayor of Cape Town. With a political career spanning over 30 years, de Lille has been vocal on issues such as service delivery, worker’s rights, spatial justice, and more.
In this episode, Patricia reflects on the past and speaks of the importance of living in a democracy.
“I love fighting. I’ve been fighting all my life. I’ve always fought for the people of our country. We fought for justice when it was the Apartheid regime; I’m still fighting for justice now with the new regime. The value of wanting to see a ‘just’ society… That is what has been driving me all my life”