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DA to finalise appointment of Cape Town mayor next month

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Two weeks after Patricia de Lille announced she would be leaving office, the opposition has gotten the ball rolling in finding her replacement.

The Democratic Alliance hopes to finalise the process of appointing a new mayor for the City of Cape Town by the end of next month.

The DA called on members who are interested in occupying the post to submit their resumes by 3 September 2018.

The vacancy follows the resignation of Patricia de Lille, who announced she would be surrendering her mayoral chain at the end of October. The application and nomination processes were officially opened on Monday, following a two-day meeting of the DA’s federal executive.

De Lille’s decision to make an exit came in the wake of a legal standoff between her and the party. The outgoing mayor was accused of misconduct last year. Earlier this year, the party opted to strip de Lille of her membership and post after she declared, in a radio interview, that she would resign after clearing her name; however, that decision was then overturned by the high court. De Lille had asked the courts to have her reinstated, pending an outcome of an application to test the constitutionality behind the DA’s new rule. At its elective conference, the party amended its constitution to allow for a recall or accountability clause, which they would then use to try and oust her.

In a joint press briefing with DA leader Mmusi Maimane, they agreed that the move was in the party’s best interests. Maimane said the party would not be forging ahead with disciplinary charges against her.

Thabo Baloyi
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