De Lille's secret ballot bid goes to court

De Lille's secret ballot bid goes to court

The party is taking the public protector's Vrede dairy farm report on judicial review, arguing that it probed no deeper than much of the information that is already in the public domain.

The DA leader's call resonated with widespread criticism levelled at Zuma in recent months.

It says: "The DA caucus in the City of Cape Town has lost confidence in Alderman P de Lille to lead the city and perform the functions of mayor".

Judge Robert Henney then asked whether any of the parties in the case, including the city of Cape Town council and speaker, were opposed to secret ballot.

Maimane addressed issues regarding Mayor Patricia de Lille during a briefing on the outcomes of the DA's federal council meeting on Monday.

The vote is expected to happen after another vote among councillors on whether it should be done by secret ballot.

The High Court in Cape Town is due to hear De Lille's application on an urgent basis on Tuesday morning.


This was to allow ANC members to vote as they pleased. Mbete went ahead with the secret ballot and Zuma survived. "I am supporting her as mayor of Cape Town". But De Lille insists this is not enough and that a secret vote is required.

Outside court the suspended Cape Town mayor was welcomed by about 20 people wearing white "Keep Mayor De Lille" t-shirts and waving a PAC flag.

The charges are related to an alleged attempt by De Lille to solicit a R5-million bribe from a Vanderbijlpark businessman Anthony Foul in 2012.

She has denied the claims.

The DA has said that her application is misguided and gave her until 3pm on Friday to withdraw the court bid.

"We are anxious of losing a lot if she is removed".

In the lengthy argument in court, Henney repeatedly wrestled with whether he had the right to tell a party or a council what to do regarding a vote.

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