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Patricia de Lille braces for another Democratic Alliance motion of no confidence

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The battle between the DA and Patricia De Lille continues as a second motion of confidence against her is set to be heard in the city council.

On Thursday, 26 July 2018, the Cape Town City Council is expected to debate a another motion of no confidence against mayor Patricia de Lille, brought by the Democratic Alliance’s caucus.

Last month the Western Cape High Court set aside the DA’s decision to withdraw her membership of the party, after she declared in 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.

In February, de Lille narrowly survived a similar motion of no confidence, but opposition parties in the Cape Town City Council refused to support the motion, accusing the DA of using them to get rid of her.

Ahead of the motion on Thursday, the mayor took to Twitter, writing: “The motions of no confidence in the past and this one have been on the basis of untested allegations without evidence. I remain positive and continue to put the people of Cape Town first, what will be, will be.”

In a seperate court battle, de Lille had 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. “Her challenge to the Steenhuisen report is legally incorrect. She wants to get her hands on all of the confidential evidence given to the Steenhuisen commission, but she is not entitled to that. To protect whistle-blowers, that evidence was confidential and will remain confidential,” the party has said. The report was compiled by a party subcommittee chaired by Chief Whip John Steenhuisen. The matter was postponed to 1 November 2018. The tug of war comes just before the 2019 elections, with the DA claiming that it confident in regaining the mandate to govern the Western Cape province, as well as increasing its support across the rest of South Africa.

Thabo Baloyi
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