Wednesday is the umpteenth D-Day for Patricia de Lille, the embattled Mayor of Cape Town. She will hear from the Western Cape High Court whether she remains a member of the Democratic Alliance – the ruling party in Cape Town. This will determine whether she can remain on as Mayor
The Mayor tweeted on Monday that she had been told that judgment would be delivered on Wednesday, tomorrow.
If the judgment is against her – the court rules that the rescinding of her membership is lawful, she will cease to be a councillor representing the DA – and, of course, will also cease to be mayor.
If the court rules in her favour, a protracted legal battle is expected between her and her party, the DA. She has already indicated that she will return to court to challenge the Steenhuisen report – a report in the name of DA parliamentary chief whip John Steenhuisen. It is on this report that her disciplinary charges are based.
Her disciplinary hearing within the party was derailed after she objected to two of the three panel members.
The disciplinary process is likely to be resumed if she is reinstated as mayor by the court.
The court effectively reinstated her as mayor earlier in June pending judgment.
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