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● De Lille breaks away from the PAC to form the In­de­pen­dent Democrats. The party wins seats in na­tional, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

Au­gust 2010

● The In­de­pen­dent Democrats merge with the DA. De Lille joins the West­ern Cape ex­ec­u­tive led by premier He­len Zille.

June 2011

● De Lille elected ex­ec­u­tive mayor of Cape Town.

April 2015

● De Lille elected West­ern Cape DA leader.

Jan­uary 2017

● De Lille re­signs as West­ern Cape DA leader, ap­par­ently to fo­cus on her role as mayor.

Oc­to­ber 2017

● Al­le­ga­tions emerge against De Lille of cor­rup­tion, mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and poor gov­er­nance.

Jan­uary 14 2018

● The DA de­cides to pur­sue charges of al­leged mis­con­duct against De Lille.

Fe­bru­ary 15

● De Lille sur­vives a vote of no con­fi­dence in the city coun­cil by a sin­gle vote.

April 25

● De Lille loses a vote of no con­fi­dence in the DA cau­cus in Cape Town.

May 2

● De Lille makes sub­mis­sions to the fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive about why she should not quit and re­quests that five lead­ers, in­clud­ing Mmusi Maimane, be re­cused from the process.

May 5

● The DA’s fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive an­nounced af­ter meet­ing yes­ter­day they have “sus­pended dis­cus­sions pend­ing le­gal ad­vice” on the De Lille case af­ter get­ting le­gal papers from her, but they ex­pect to re­sume this de­lib­er­a­tion soon. If they up­hold the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence, De Lille will be told to re­sign within 48 hours or her mem­ber­ship will be ter­mi­nated.

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