DA Cessation Of De Lille’s membership ‘Cannot Stand’ – Judge

Former DA member and Mayor of City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille has formed a new party. PICTURE: SA People

CAPE TOWN: The Western Cape High Court is delivering judgment in Patricia de Lille’s application to have the Democratic Alliance’s decision to strip her of her membership reviewed and set aside.

De Lille tweeted on Monday that the judgment would be delivered at 09:30 on Wednesday. Judgment was reserved in the matter on June 5 after two days of argument.

De Lille had asked a full Bench to rule on whether the termination of her party membership, for comments she had made on radio, was procedurally flawed and unconstitutional.

The party accused De Lille of breaching one of its clauses during a radio 702 interview, where the mayor signalled a public intention to resign upon clearing her name of allegations levelled against her.

On the first day of arguments, Advocate Dali Mpofu, SC, for De Lille, argued that the DA’s use of the cessation clause was unconstitutional, unfair and in bad faith.

The DA was “trying to have it both ways” when it came to removing her, he argued. Her removal ultimately was not about her membership, but about her continuing to be the mayor of Cape Town, he said.

A close ally to De Lille, Rodney Lentit has conveyed a message on behalf of the Mayor. 

“Patricia de Lille won in High Court against the DA!! She asked me to convey her gratitude to all those that prayed and supported her since the DA started smearing her name and reputation,” he said.