Patricia de Lille Biography, Age, Husband, Daughter, Net Worth, Salary, House, Political Party, Qualification & Contact Details

Basic Information

Stage Name: Patricia de Lille
Real Name: Patricia Lindt
Occupation: Politician, legislator, trade unionist, anti-apartheid activist
Date Of Birth/Age: 17 February 1951
Place of Birth: Beaufort West, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Gender: Female
Nationality: South African Citizenship
Marital Status: Edwin de Lille (m. 1972; died 2021)
Education: Bastiaanse Hoërskool


Patricia Lindt, professionally called Patricia de Lille, is a South African politician currently serving as the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure and leader of the political party GOOD. Patricia was previously Mayor of Cape Town from 2011 to 2018 and Western Cape Provincial Minister of Social Development from 2010 to 2011. She also founded and led the Independent Democrats (ID), a political party 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 in 2014, the party was officially dissolved. Patricia was the Provincial Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape from 2015 to 2017.


Patricia De Lille was born in Beaufort West, Cape Province, Union of South Africa, on February 17, 1951. She celebrated her 72nd birthday on February 17, 2023.


Patricia De Lille’s husband was Edwin De Lille. The couple was married for 47 years. They tied the love knot back in 1972. Edwin has been called his wife’s biggest supporter. Patricia has also stated that her husband was her rock. Speaking about him in 2018, she said he never stopped her from being politically active and always helped with chores like paying the bills, cooking, and cleaning. She also revealed that he suffered two strokes in 2015. “Still, he is my rock. My children have been supportive.”


Patricia and her husband Edwin De Lille had two children, a son named Allistair and a daughter named Carmen Ruiters. She and her daughter Carmen were political opponents in 2006. Ruiters was a candidate for the Independent Civics Organisation of SA in George, where her mother’s ID also planned to field candidates. She was reportedly wooed by several political parties because they hoped to exploit the fact that she was De Lille’s daughter.

Net Worth

The exact estimate of Patricia De Lille’s net worth is unknown to the public. Neither she nor anyone on her team has announced it. However, she has been paid by the government for her service to the country while holding seats in office for several years.


As the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille’s salary was R1.24m a year. She served in the office from 2011 to 2018. It was announced in 2022 that South African ministers were getting paid a salary ranging between R2 million to R2.5 million. De Lille’s salary should also fall within this range.


There isn’t much information about Patricia De Lille’s house. Back in 2018, the politician was accused of telling lies about expenses made to carry out a security upgrade at her home. There are also no photos of her home on the internet.

Political Party

De Lille became the first woman to successfully establish and lead a new political party. It was called “Independent Democrats.” This was after her separation from PAC. Her party produced the only opposing party in 2010 and was later dissolved in 2015.

Three years after that, she started a second party named “Good.” She became the leader and flag bearer for the party. She also campaigned as the official candidate and successfully won the position of a parliament member in 2019.

According to Wikipedia, “The party is currently managed by interim leaders. The National Leadership Committee consists of 36 members. The interim leadership was announced in January 2019. Find it here.

De Lille said at the launch of the political party that the manifesto of the party and premier candidates would be announced in early 2019. Good is registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and contested the 2019 national and provincial elections in all of the South African provinces. The party launched its manifesto on 5 February 2019.


Methodist Primary School for her primary education. She enrolled in Bastiaanse Hoërskool in 1969 for her secondary education. She later attended Damelin College in 1985, where she acquired a diploma in Industrial Relations.

Some of the awards she has gotten through the years include;

  • The Freedom of the City of Birmingham, Alabama.
  • The 2004 recognition as part of the “Top Five Women in Government and Government Agencies.”
  • 2004 Old Mutual South African Leadership Award.
  • Ranked 22nd in “Top 100 Great South Africans” (in 2004).
  • Voted the second favorite South African politician after Thabo Mbeki (in 2004).
  • Honorary Colonel of 84 Signal Unit in the South African National Defense Force (in 2006).
  • City Press and Rapport Newspaper award (in 2006).

Contact Details

Phone:012 406 1000


Postal Address: Private Bag X65, PRETORIA, 0001
Private Bag X9155, CAPE TOWN, 8000
Street Address: CGO Building, cnr Bosman and Madiba Streets, 7th Floor, PRETORIA
120 Plein Street, Floor 4, Room 494, CAPE TOWN
Phone: 012 406 1978, 021 468 6900
Fax: 012 323 7573, 021 461 4309

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