Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille's mother passes away after a long illness.

Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson has offered condolences on behalf of the city and residents to Mayor Patricia de Lille and her family on the death of her mother Gertrude Lindt.

“It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of executive mayor Patricia de Lille’s mother Gertrude Lindt,” he said in a statement.

Mrs Lindt, 86, fondly known as “Aunty Winnie” died on Friday night after a long illness.

“As a mother, aunty Winnie was a pillar of strength to her family and was greatly admired and loved by her children. We extend our deepest sympathy to mayor De Lille, her family, and loved ones. We pray for strength and comfort during this difficult time,” Neilson said.