Patricia de Lille

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Patricia de Lille (née Lindt; born 17 February 1951) is a South African politician who is the current Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure and leader of the political party Good. She was previously Mayor of Cape Town from 2011 to 2018, and Western Cape Provincial Minister of Social Development from 2010 to 2011. She founded and led the Independent Democrats (ID), a political party which she formed in 2003 during a floor-crossing window, after she broke away from the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). In August 2010, the ID merged with the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's official opposition, and the party was officially dissolved in 2014. From 2015 to 2017, she was Provincial Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape.


  • Walking away from an abusive relationship is a sign of strength. It shows the world that you know your worth and your rights and that you will not allow anyone to walk all over you.
  • When people abuse you, you must walk away. When you have to work with people throwing dirt at you on a daily basis, you walk away.
    • On 31 October 2018, when she announced her resignation as mayor of Cape Town in front of the Western Cape High Court, Cape Town. As quoted by Noloyiso Mtembu in Patricia De Lille goes out guns blazing, Independent Online, (31 October 2018)
  • Today, for the first time in the history of civilisation, more people are living in cities than in rural areas. The kind of person that is willing to leave everything behind and move to the city is a special kind of person and that's what helps make cities special.*
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