In the next leg of the ongoing Patricia de Lille vs Democratic Alliance (DA) saga, the Cape Town Executive Mayor appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Monday to challenge the political party for the cancellation of her membership.
The DA’s counter argument was that De Lille stopped being a member of the party when she announced her plans to resign during a live radio interview, which is why they adopted the “De Lille Clause”.
This clause states that if a member of the party makes a public intention to resign, they will be automatically expelled.
The crux of De Lille’s argument is that the DA acted in bad faith when it used the clause to expel her from the party in May. She also argues that the clause is in contravention of various sections of the Constitution, most specifically Section 18.104.22.168 of the DA’s Constitution.
De Lille’s legal representative, Advocate Dali Mpofu, announced in court that his client would resign as mayor of Cape Town if her name is cleared.