- The resignation comes in the wake of legal battles between de Lille and her party after she survived two motions of a vote of no confidence.
- The DA has stated that de Lille will still have to answer all charges leveled against her by the City of Cape Town
- DA leader Mmusi Maimane confirmed the resignation to the DA caucus in Cape Town stating it was a time to regroup and unite.
Patricia de Lille has agreed to stand down as Mayor of Cape Town. Briefly.co.za learned that de Lille and her party reached a mutual agreement in which they would withdraw all internal disciplinary processes against her. According to DA leader Mmusi Maimane de Lille will still have to answer charges brought upon her by the City.
The spat between de Lille and her party which played out publicly for over 7 months seems to have finally come to an end, with the party agreeing she remain in her post until the end of October. She will also remain a member of the party. According to the Mail and Guardian, de Lille said the end of the battle would leave her more time to focus on her career in public service, where she seeks to address the “‘massive inequality” in South Africa.
The compromise seems to have been driven by the desire of the party to focus its energies on the upcoming 2019 elections. The DA leader pointed out that the process of electing a new Mayor would begin soon.
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