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Embattled Cape Town mayor soldiers on as DA withdraws motion of no confidence

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The Democratic Alliance has withdrawn its motion of no confidence against Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, after reportedly striking a deal.

Patricia de Lille lives to see another day as Cape Town mayor, after the scheduled motion of no confidence against her was withdrawn. This is after de Lille met with the Democratic Alliance’s leadership.

De Lille has been embroiled in a string of legal battles with the DA after allegations of misconduct surfaced against her last year.

Last month, the Western Cape High Court set aside the DA’s decision to withdraw her membership of the party, after she declared during a radio interview, that she would resign after clearing her name.

De Lille had asked the courts to reinstate her as mayor, pending the outcome of an application to test the constitutionality behind the DA’s new rule. At its elective conference in April 2018, the party amended its constitution to allow for a recall or accountability clause, which the party could theoretically use to try and oust her.

In February 2018, de Lille narrowly survived another motion of no confidence after opposition parties in the City of Cape Town council refused to support the motion, accusing the DA of using them to settle political scores.

At the same time, de Lille has asked the courts to compel the DA to submit the evidence used in an internal party report into her conduct, something the DA says is unlawful. The matter has been postponed to 1 November 2018.

Thabo Baloyi
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