South Africa: Patricia De Lille Gets to Keep Her Mayoral Chain, for Now

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Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille speaks to the media after a ruling in her favour in the Western Cape High Court on 15 May, 2018. Photo: Hlumela Dyantyi

In the latest bout between Patricia De Lille and the DA, the Western Cape High Court ruled in favour of the axed mayor in her bid for an interdict against the party.

Judge Patrick Gamble announced the court order in Patricia de Lille's favour at the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday afternoon, ruling that the DA's cessation of membership notice had been suspended and De Lille could return to office in the interim.

Concerned about the impact of instability on the citizens of Cape Town, the judge said that there were important decisions to be made by the city such as the proposed budget as well as the water crisis. Gamble said that it was important to consider how convenient electing a new mayoral committee would be at this time and the court was more concerned about the possible effects of Cape Town losing its mayor right now.

Gamble recognised, however, that the relationship between the DA and De Lille was coming to an end.

Gamble said that the court...

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