Patricia de Lille Biography: Age, Husband, Career & Net Worth


Patricia de Lille (born 17 February 1951) is a South African politician, laboratory technician and trade unionist. She serves as the current Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure and leader of the political party Good.

She served as Cape Town’s Mayor from 2011 to 2018, and Western Cape Provincial Minister of Social Development from 2010 to 2011.

Patricia de Lille

Patricia de Lille Age

She was born on February 17, 1951, in Beaufort West, Cape Province, Union of South Africa. De Lille is 73 years old as of 2024 and celebrates her birthday on February 17th every year.

Patricia de Lille Education

De Lille attended Methodist Primary School, Bastiaanse Hoërskool, and Damelin College.

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Patricia de Lille Husband

She was married to Edwin de Lille for 49 years. Her husband died on February 7, 2021, after suffering a long illness. They had two children together, Allistair de Lille and Carmen de Lille.

Patricia de Lille Career

In 1974 she became a laboratory technician at a factory. She remained involved with the same company until 1990. During this time, she became involved in the South African Chemical Workers Union, starting off as a shop steward and then becoming regional secretary, before being elected as a National Executive Member in 1983.

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In 1988, she was elected as National Vice-President of The National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU), the highest position for a woman in the trade union movement at that time.

In 1989, De Lille was elected onto the National Executive Committee of the Pan Africanist Movement (PAM). She led a delegation in the constitutional negotiations that preceded South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994, and following her election as a Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) MP, she was appointed as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Transport from 1994 to 1999.

She also served on various portfolio Committees including Health, Minerals and Energy, Trade and Industry, Communications, the Rules Committee and the Code of Ethics.

Positions Held


  • Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure at National Executive (Executive) since 29th May 2019
  • Member at National Assembly (Parliament) since 22nd May 2019
  • Member at Good (Party) since March 2019


  • 1st Candidate at Good Regional Western Cape Election List 2019 (Election List) from 23rd April 2019 until 8th May 2019
  • 1st Candidate at Good National Election List 2019 (Election List) from 23rd April 2019 until 8th May 2019
  • 1st Candidate at Good Provincial Western Cape Election List 2019 (Election List) from 23rd April 2019 until 8th May 2019
  • Member at Democratic Alliance (DA) (Party) until October 2018
  • Member at National Assembly (Parliament) from 6th May 2009 until 10th September 2010
  • Member at Independent Democrats (ID) (Party) until 2010

Patricia de Lille Net Worth

De Lille has an estimated net worth of $1 million which she has earned from her successful career.


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