The High Court in Cape Town is expected to hear an urgent application by city mayor, Patricia de Lille, on Wednesday morning in relation to the vote of no confidence against her in a council meeting on Thursday.

De Lille has been embroiled in allegations of corruption and mismanagement, and wants the High court to rule on the use of a secret ballot for the vote.

Last week, the Democratic Alliance (DA)  Federal Council asked De Lille to withdraw the application, saying it is premature.

De Lille insists she going ahead with the urgent application. In a statement, she said she wanted all councilors in the City of Cape Town to be free to vote according to their conscience, whether in favour or against the motion of no confidence against her.

De Lille says there have been attempts to intimidate her to withdraw the court application. She has appointed senior advocate Dali Mpofu to lead her arguments.

Reacting to De Lille’s decision, DA’s Federal Council said there was no need for the secret ballot because DA councillors in the caucus have the freedom to vote with their conscience.

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