2018-06-05 10:30

The Democratic Alliance is arguing the full merits of its decision to remove Patricia de Lille as a member of the party as the case once again returns to the Western Cape High Court.

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DA takes centre stage in court as it argues merits of De Lille’s removal 

The Democratic Alliance is expected to have its chance to argue the full merits of its decision to remove Patricia de Lille as a member of the party when the case returns to court on Tuesday.

However, De Lille’s counsel is first expected to wrap up his argument.

The Cape Town mayor’s lawyers had all of Monday to make her case in her bid to review the DA’s decision to strip her of her party membership, based on comments she had made during a radio interview in late April.

On Tuesday, Sean Rosenberg, SC, for the DA, is expected to argue the party’s case after Johan de Waal, SC, for De Lille, wraps his final 30 minutes of submissions. It is the final day of arguments in the court tussle. 

centre stage in court as it argues merits of De Lille’s removal 

The Democratic Alliance is expected to have its chance to argue the full merits of its decision to remove Patricia de Lille as a member of the party when the case returns to court on Tuesday.

However, De Lille’s counsel is first expected to wrap up his argument.

The Cape Town mayor’s lawyers had all of Monday to make her case in her bid to review the DA’s decision to strip her of her party membership, based on comments she had made during a radio interview in late April.

On Tuesday, Sean Rosenberg, SC, for the DA, is expected to argue the party’s case after Johan de Waal, SC, for De Lille, wraps his final 30 minutes of submissions. It is the final day of arguments in the court tussle. 

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ICYMI: 

De Lille’s axing for radio comments like ‘killing a fly with a hammer’, court hears 

Patricia de Lille’s removal from the DA for comments made on radio was a “total overreaction” akin to “killing a fly with a hammer”, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

The Cape Town mayor’s lawyers had all of Monday to make her case in court in her bid to have the DA’s decision to strip her of her party membership reviewed and set aside.

The party’s decision was based on the comments she had made in a radio interview in late April.

Dali Mpofu, SC led the charge during the morning session and Johan de Waal, SC picked up the baton after the lunch adjournment. Sean Rosenberg, SC, for the DA, is expected to argue the party’s case on Tuesday.

In the afternoon session, De Waal criticised the DA’s taking of a decision, which had such large-scale implications for both De Lille and the City of Cape Town, over comments she had made on a radio station, that in themselves were open to interpretation.

radio was a “total overreaction” akin to “killing a fly with a hammer”, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

The Cape Town mayor’s lawyers had all of Monday to make her case in court in her bid to have the DA’s decision to strip her of her party membership reviewed and set aside.

The party’s decision was based on the comments she had made in a radio interview in late April.

Dali Mpofu, SC led the charge during the morning session and Johan de Waal, SC picked up the baton after the lunch adjournment. Sean Rosenberg, SC, for the DA, is expected to argue the party’s case on Tuesday.

In the afternoon session, De Waal criticised the DA’s taking of a decision, which had such large-scale implications for both De Lille and the City of Cape Town, over comments she had made on a radio station, that in themselves were open to interpretation.

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ICYMI: 

DA can’t have it both ways, De Lille charges must be tested – Mpofu 

The DA needs to finish the disciplinary process it started against Patricia De Lille, rather than finding “contrived ways” to get rid of her, advocate Dali Mpofu has argued in the Western Cape High Court.

The Democratic Alliance and Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille met in court on Monday for the first day of her long-awaited review of her supposed resignation from the party.

The DA on May 8 “determined” that De Lille had self-resigned from the party, under a clause in its constitution, after reportedly saying she would “walk away” upon clearing her name, during a Radio 702 interview in late April.

The DA maintains that De Lille’s expression showed intent to leave the party, which was grounds for her membership to be terminated. De Lille has said that she only said she would leave her position as mayor, and that in any case, the statement was conditional. 

mayor, and that in any case, the statement was conditional. 

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‘I’ll see you in court’ – Cape Town council cuts De Lille’s powers to ‘ceremonial’ 

The City of Cape Town council has agreed to reduce executive Mayor Patricia de Lille’s role to “ceremonial”, delegating her powers to her mayoral committee, with final oversight held by the council.

Council met for its last sitting on Thursday before the June recess, to discuss a number of items, including that of De Lille’s powers now that she has returned temporarily.

The Democratic Alliance said two weeks ago that De Lille, upon being reinstated to her position by the Western Cape High Court temporarily, would only serve in a ceremonial capacity. 

On Thursday, council passed a motion that agreed to designate “all delegations and legislative authority, including sub-ordinate legislation, conferred on the Executive Mayor”, with the exception of an appointment of a mayoral committee (Mayco), and with “certain provisions” for the exercise of “ceremonial duties”.

sub-ordinate legislation, conferred on the Executive Mayor”, with the exception of an appointment of a mayoral committee (Mayco), and with “certain provisions” for the exercise of “ceremonial duties”.

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Controversial Cape Town investigation unit reinstated following shutdown by De Lille 

The City of Cape Town’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which embattled Mayor Patricia de Lille ordered be shut down in August last year – a move which resulted in serious claims being made against her and which marked the surfacing of a continuous slew of allegations against her – has been reinstated.

On Wednesday, the National Council of Provinces accepted a motion to see that the unit got back on its feet.

It noted the reinstatement of the SIU, which a motion without notice said “has achieved a number of successes and tackled numerous issues facing the city, including dealing with gang violence, taxi violence, housing fraud, land invasions, corruption and licencing fraud…

“The reinstatement of the Special Investigation Unit is a step in the right direction towards helping the SAPS fight crime.” 

licencing fraud…

“The reinstatement of the Special Investigation Unit is a step in the right direction towards helping the SAPS fight crime.” 

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