By Dumezweni Ndweni
JOHANNESBURG: EFF released a statement on Wednesday morning, condemning the Democratic Alliance (DA) reactions on the de Lille’s court ruling.
The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday granted de Lille’s urgent request for the temporary suspension of the DA’s decision to cease her membership, pending a full review of the decision next Friday.
The DA’s Natasha Mazzone released a statement immediately after stating that the court’s decision was not in the best interests of the people of Cape Town, and that governance decisions would in any case be made by the DA caucus in the interim.
In a statement issued by the party, the ”EFF condemns the DA’s disregard and disrespect of the outcome of the Cape Town High Court on the mayorship of Patricia De Lille, this arrogance and disregard of the rule of law is demonstrated in their statement ‘De Lille will now act in a ceremonial role’.
The EFF accused the DA of placing themselves above the law and being anti black women.
“They are telling the whole country that despite a ruling of the court which says De Lille must resume her duties as the mayor, that they as the DA will ensure this does not happen through their caucus,” the party said.
Analysts have also come out in condemning the DA’s reactions to the court ruling. An Independent Political Analyst, Molifi Tshabalala said: “Over the years, especially under the Zuma administration, the DA has been portraying itself as a party that respect and uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.”
“Therefore, one would expect the same party to do the same on a de Lille matter – that is to say, respect a court ruling that Patricia de Lille should remain Cape Town mayor and councillor until he matter is fully ventilated in court next week. For the DA to come out and claim that she would occupy the position on a ceremonial basis amounts to a blatant disrespect for the rule of law,” he added.