Court rul­ing gives De Lille more time

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Phi­lani Nombe­mbe

OUSTED Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille won a mi­nor vic­tory yes­ter­day in her bid to re­tain her DA mem­ber­ship and her may­oral chain. De Lille brought an ur­gent court ap­pli­ca­tion to have her mem­ber­ship re­stored and re­main mayor pend­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion to re­view and set aside the DA’s de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate her mem­ber­ship on Tues­day. The re­view ap­pli­ca­tion will be heard on May 25. Judges Patrick Gam­ble and Monde Samela in­ter­dicted the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion from fill­ing her po­si­tion as a city coun­cil­lor pend­ing the main ap­pli­ca­tion. The court re­served judg­ment on her ap­pli­ca­tion to have her mem­ber­ship and may­oral po­si­tion re­stored. But the DA op­posed the in­terim re­lief sought by De Lille. “We sub­mit that the ap­pli­ca­tion must fail‚” DA coun­sel‚ Sean Rosen­berg‚ SC‚ told the court. “[De Lille] is not ask­ing for the preser­va­tion of the sta­tus quo‚ she seeks the re­ver­sal of the sit­u­a­tion‚ that is a rad­i­cal rem­edy. Putting her in charge of a ma­jor metro is risky.” De Lille and the DA have been com­mu­ni­cat­ing through lawyers for some time. She al­ready had two mat­ters in the high court re­lated to her dis­ci­plinary hear­ing. She wants to com­pel the party to re­lease the ev­i­dence it re­lied on to charge her‚ in­clud­ing a 30-page let­ter writ­ten by Cape Town coun­cil­lor J P Smith com­plain­ing about her al­leged mis­con­duct‚ among other things. At the party’s Cape Town of­fices‚ James Selfe‚ the chair­man of the DA’s fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive‚ said De Lille’s an­nounce­ment dur­ing an in­ter­view with talk show host Euse­bius McKaiser on Ra­dio 702 on April 26‚ that she would re­sign from the DA after clear­ing her name cost her mem­ber­ship – and her may­oral chain. Selfe said the DA had in­voked a sec­tion of the DA’s con­sti­tu­tion that states that: “A mem­ber ceases to be a mem­ber when he or she … pub­licly de­clares his or her in­ten­tion to re­sign … from the party.” – TimesLIVE

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