- Judge Patrick Gamble has ruled that De Lille must return to the Democratic Alliance as a member and that she is to resume her mayoral duties
De Lille has been successful in her attempt to remain Cape Town mayor until the 25th of May when a full court bench will look at and review her main application.
The application deals with the the constitutionality of a clause in the DA’s constitution that was used to oust her.
The ruling of the court is as follows; pending the hearing of Part B of this application, the notice of first respondent (the Federal Executive) to the effect that the applicant (De Lille) has seized to be a member of the first respondent is suspended and will have no force and effect. And the effect of thereof is that the applicant shall remain as the executive mayor of the third respondent and the mayoral committee as it was constituted on 8 May 2018.
According to Judge Gamble, De Lille's case was based on a few good reasons:
1.Misinterpretation of Patricia De Lille’s comments on the radio interview
2. The DA applied a double standard in invoking cessation clause
3. Challenges constitutionality of recall clause used by the DA
4.Technical issues in due process and procedure.
This is not quite what the Democratic Alliance was expecting. They decided to rescind De Lille's membership not too long ago after a radio interview that she did on CapeTalk.
There were also allegations of nepotism and other irregularities made against De Lille at the time.
She has been forced out of the mayoral office and sent packing last week.
Piera Abott, Acting Mayor Nielson's spokesperson, stated that Nielson has not decided to appoint an interim Mayco because he needed to know what the court would decide first.
The biggest concern of the Cape Town administration is that the City's budget will be discussed at the end of May and it needs Mayco approval before it will be recommended to the council.
As for De Lille - She's tired of fighting and bickering.
I’m normally at my best when I’m fighting but I’m beginning to feel tired because it’s not all about me. I keep on thinking about the people of the City of Cape Town and, therefore, we must now bring this to an end.
For the time being Cape Town will again be run by Patricia De Lille, whether the Democratic Alliance likes it or not.
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