The DA in the Western Cape has welcomed a ruling by the High Court in Cape Town on how a motion of no confidence in Mayor Patricia de Lille should be conducted.

The court says the speaker of the city council should exercise his discretion on whether the vote should be conducted via a secret ballot.

De Lille faces allegations of maladministration and corruption.

The council will debate the motion at a special sitting on Thursday.

DA provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela says the judgement confirmed what they have always been saying that members will be allowed to vote with their conscience.

He says: “We have no powers as the party to decide whether the motion must be in secert or open. The judgement came to the same conclusion. I found it very confusing on what basis we were then asked to pay legal costs but we respect the court judgement and will abide by it.”