The Cape Town High Court has ruled in favour of Mayor Patricia de Lille in her application to have the Democratic Alliance’s(DA) decision to strip her of her membership reviewed and set aside.

De Lille was challenging the DA’s decision to terminate her membership and subsequently remove her as Mayor.

The DA argued that De Lille publicly declared her intention to resign from the party during a radio interview.

De Lille’s legal team argued that her expulsion from the party was illegal and unconstitutional.

A victorious De Lille has welcomed the judgment.

“This victory sends out a very strong message that we have rights in this country, and we’ve got rights in our constitution. Political parties must learn from this and treat members with respect.”

A full bench of judges reserved judgment earlier this month: