Court rules De Lille remains mayor

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Patricia de Lille will remain mayor of the city Cape Town for now, Western Cape High Court ruled on Tuesday.

De Lille has challenged the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) decision to terminate her membership and consequently to remove her as mayor of Cape Town.

Judge Patric Gamble has ruled that the cessation of her membership of the DA has been suspended.

De Lille is seeking to be reinstated as DA member and mayor until the application on the legality of the party’s termination of membership is dealt with.

She’s been at loggerheads with the DA in recent months over governance issues in the City of Cape Town.

De Lille says she’s being unfairly treated by the party.

Reacting to the court decision DA says it continues the mission to put Cape Town first.

DA’ statement reads, “The Judgment of the Western Cape High Court is not in the best interests of the people of Cape Town. It is unfortunate that Ms De Lille continues to put her individual interests above those of the citizens of Cape Town by using legal technicalities to cling on to power.

“We will not relent in our mission to put Cape Town first and ensure that maladministration and misconduct is kept out of the Mayoral Office. Our electoral promise in 2016 was to keep corruption out of Cape Town and continue delivering better services,” DA Deputy Chairperson of Federal Council, Natasha Mazzone explained.