Herron was a candidate to take over from De Lille as mayor but the DA selected Dan Plato‚ the Western Cape MEC for community safety.
Plato was sworn in as a councillor on Thursday and will be elected as mayor at a special council meeting on Tuesday. He said he planned to reshuffle De Lille’s mayoral committee.
At a news conference in Salt River‚ Herron called the DA racist and lashed out at a “white cabal” in the party which he accused of blocking the sale of city land for affordable housing. He claimed there was cadre deployment in the ranks of the DA.
His resignation came the day after De Lille vacated the mayor’s office in terms of an agreement with DA leader Mmusi Maimane which ended 18 months of turmoil in the party over allegations against the veteran politician.
This is a developing story.