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The Democratic Alliance caucus appears to have been convinced to delay a vote of no confidence in Patricia de Lille as Mayor of Cape Town. 

National leaders of the DA – including deputy federal executive chairperson Natasha Mazzone  – are apparently addressing the DA city caucus. This afternoon’s vote of no confidence, which looked set to vote De Lille out of office, has now been delayed. Some reports indicate that this vote of no confidence could be delayed indefinitely.

One news medium reported JP Smith, the deputy caucus leader, as saying the federal executive “will give us guidance… they might ask us to hold it (the no confidence debate) until next month”.

He confirmed that negotiations with the embattled mayor, who defeated a DA-led motion of no confidence in February by one vote, were continuing.

eNCA reported that the motion would not go ahead.

It said an agreement had been signed between the leaders. It apparently involves no further motions of no confidence in the mayor. De Lille and the national leaders of the party were reported to have met to negotiate a settlement with the mayor last night. Details of the agreement and the discussions remain sketchy.

The mayor, however, is apparently willing to face a DA disciplinary process, which must be completed in two weeks.

It is not clear whether her demands that such a disciplinary process should be heard in public have been met.

News24 reported that De Lille said the caucus had to agree to the proposals before they became official.

She would comment after the caucus meeting was over.




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