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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