- Acting Cape Town Mayor Ian Neilson is expected to appoint his mayoral committee on Monday afternoon
- Nielson was appointed last week after Patricia de Lille was ousted from the DA
- According to Nielson, he is required by law to appoint a new committee
Acting City of Cape Town Mayor Ian Neilson is expected to appoint his mayoral committee on Monday afternoon. Nielson was appointed last week after Patricia de Lille was ousted from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the mayor position.
On Sunday, Nielson announced that he would appoint his mayoral committee (Mayco) to assist him with the governance of the city on Monday afternoon. Nielson said the law required him to do so and not even the courts could stop the process.
Nielson had been holding back on making any appointments until after de Lille’s legal challenge of her termination from the DA.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in light of the court’s decision to reserve judgement in the matter, Nielson announced he would move forward with making the necessary appointments.
Nielson said if he waited any longer service delivery to the residents of Cape Town would be compromised.
“I will not be able to wait any longer than that because without a mayco from early in the coming week the governance of the City will be compromised,” said Nielson.
Nielson said one of the roles of mayco was to provide political guidance to the city’s budget process, which was already at an advanced stage.
He said the first mayco meeting would be scheduled for Tuesday morning.
On Friday the Western Cape High Court reserved judgment in the matter, but it did order that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is officially interdicted from declaring a vacancy in de Lille’s position until the matter is concluded in court.
The matter was postponed until 25 May.
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