De Lille crosses party lines and the DA is not too pleased

Nomzamo Mbatha close to tears in tribute song to Ma Winnie Mandela

"Ms De Lille's attendance at the memorial yesterday (Wednesday) is a matter between her and the EFF leadership and not the DA".

Speaking at the party's memorial ceremony held in the Free State town of Brandfort (where Madikizela was "exiled" to by the apartheid government), he criticised ANC leaders like Gwede Mantashe for focusing on the negativity, instead of mourning the leader.

"The first female president must come from the EFF to demonstrate that we are not scared of women".

However, the DA said in a statement that it had not charged De Lille for attending the event.

"If people want to make it a side issue, I think it is very disrespectful to Mama Winnie Mandela to now make an issue of me attending a memorial service".

DA chairperson of the federal council‚ James Selfe‚ had earlier said de Lille would have to explain herself but the EFF's Floyd Shivambu accused the party of targeting De Lille.

Nt'sekhe said De Lille broke protocol by not informing the DA, even if she had attended in her personal capacity. I mean [DA leader Mmusi Maimane] has done so.

De Lille was a guest speaker at an EFF rally, paying tribute to the veteran struggle icon who passed away last Monday in Johannesburg following an illness at the age of 81.

This will not be the first time De Lille has been linked to the EFF.

When contacted following her address‚ De Lille declined to comment specifically on Selfe's comments. "Speak to her directly".

She told the crowd that Madikizela-Mandela had given her a call asking about her troubles in the DA.

Norah Moahloli, a retired local teacher and friend for 40 years, said she has patiently waited for Winnie's house to be turned into a monument. "And I said: "Mama Winnie‚ I have got it under control but thank you for your support"‚" said De Lille.

"She said... "those boys don't know who they dealing with".

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