South Africa: DA and De Lille Finally Make a Deal - On the Mayor's Terms

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille (file photo)
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Mayor Patricia de Lille arrives at Marks Building, Parliament for her disciplinary hearing. 22 March 2018. Photo by Leila Dougan

The fate of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille no longer lies in the hands of the 231 members of the Cape Town City Council - after a vote of no confidence in De Lille was withdrawn on Thursday just before it was scheduled to take place. Instead, a deal brokered between DA leader Mmusi Maimane and De Lille will see the mayor's disciplinary proceedings carried out in public view. That's what De Lille has wanted all along.

There is a new spirit of maturity and rationality infusing the long-running battle between Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and the DA.

That's according to DA federal executive deputy chair Natasha Mazzone, who was addressing journalists on Thursday evening following the announcement that the party and the mayor have come to an agreement over how to conclude their dispute.

In terms of the deal, the scheduled vote of no confidence in Mayor De Lille - set to take place at the first sitting of the Cape Town Council on Thursday after its recess - was withdrawn, with disciplinary proceedings against De...

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