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placed in the same boat by the party, which did not fol­low due pro­cesses in dis­ci­plin­ing them.

A mem­ber of the fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive told City Press that the deputy chair­per­son of the fed­eral coun­cil, Natasha Maz­zone, had spo­ken out of turn when she sug­gested out­side of court, im­me­di­ately af­ter pro­ceed­ings, that the party would ap­peal. “She was speak­ing out of turn. Where have you ever heard of some­one com­ing out of court and im­me­di­ately hav­ing an opin­ion on the judg­ment? Gen­er­ally you need to go through the whole judg­ment first along with a le­gal pro­fes­sional and ap­ply your mind. This is es­pe­cially af­ter you have lost in court. What Maz­zone was say­ing out­side of court was not the party line at all, it was her per­sonal opin­ion,” the mem­ber said. “If you ap­peal this non­sense, it can take more than two years. This court out­come gives us a chance to with­draw and try to save face. Let’s with­draw and apol­o­gise and move on with life and specif­i­cally at­tend to our elec­tion campaign be­cause we are far be­hind.” How­ever, an­other ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber in favour of ap­peal­ing the judg­ment told City Press that fail­ing to do so would be “cat­a­strophic”.

“We will wait for a le­gal opin­ion but it can’t be avoided. Re­mem­ber that the judg­ment has im­pli­ca­tions for the fed­eral le­gal com­mis­sion. The party would have to over­turn all de­ci­sions made by the com­mis­sion. So it is prob­a­bly more about that than it is about Pa­tri­cia at this stage.” High-pro­file mat­ters han­dled by the com­mis­sion in­clude the Should the DA ap­peal the high court judg­ment re­gard­ing Mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille, or with­draw? SMS us on 35697 us­ing

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