This Thursday, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille faces a vote of no confidence brought by the DA caucus of the City of Cape Town council. It may well end her mayoral career. At the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, however, De Lille brought out the last card up her sleeve: an urgent application to have the vote undertaken by secret ballot. And she chose a leading EFF figure to argue her case.
Patricia de Lille may be considered a spent political force, but on Tuesday it looked as if somebody had forgotten to tell that to the people gathered outside the High Court to await her arrival.
A swarm of #ImWithDeLille T-shirts filled the stairs of the court from mid-morning, with supporters brandishing placards declaring their firm belief in Cape Town's mayor. "Don't Cry Mayor We Are Here!" read one sign.
The majority of the De Lille supporters appeared to be residents of the Hout Bay-neighbouring township of Imizamo Yethu. Some credited the mayor with an improvement in their circumstances over the recent past.
"I was unemployed for 14 years. Now I am able to put food on my table and send...