Embattled Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille has confirmed rejecting an offer from the Democratic Alliance on Wednesday to keep the position of Mayor and Councillor open for three months, pending a full hearing in court.

The DA this week announced that De Lille’s membership of the party had ceased after she publicly declared her intention to resign from the party.

De Lille says her interdict application against the DA’s decision to terminate her membership will go ahead in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

“My lawyers yesterday (Wednesday) received a letter from the DA lawyers, making that proposal and I can also confirm that I’ve instructed my lawyers that I’m not accepting that and that we are proceeding to court tomorrow (Friday) morning at 10. I can also confirm that my legal team has been joined now by Advocate Dali Mpofu that will assist us with the case tomorrow (Friday).”

DA Federal Executive Deputy Chairperson, Natasha Mazzone says their offer to De Lille did not entail that her membership of the party would be reinstated.

De Lille’s interdict application against the DA’s decision to terminate her membership will go ahead in the High Court in Cape Town on Friday.

Mazzone says the DA is ready for court on Friday.

“What the DA’s offer was … was simply to put an offer on the table to say ‘we agree that the post will not be filled for a period of 90 days. However, this did not mean that we would reinstate Patricia de Lille’s membership, nor reinstate her as the Mayor of Cape Town’ and I think that’s very important to note.

“So all we were saying was that we agree to keep the position open for 90 days, but not reinstate your membership or you as Mayor. She’s rejected that. Now we’re ready to go to court tomorrow (Friday) and we’re ready to fight this battle.”

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