Patricia de Lille will only be able to endure the no confidence motion against her on one condition.

IOL reported that the Western Cape High Court have heard that the Cape Town mayor will be able to get through the ordeal if the secret vote, which she applied for last week, happens.

De Lille’s advocate, Dali Mpofu SC, says that the councillors will not vote fairly if Mmusi Maimane and James Selfe are keeping an eye on them.

“We know that they want to remove her,” Mpofu said. “They have made it abundantly clear in media statements that they want the mayor out of office. And she has said that she is okay with that. But let’s be honest, those councillors won’t vote freely if they know that James Selfe and Mmusi (Maimane) are watching them.”

Mpofu added that it would take 116 counsellors for the motion to be a triumph.

“There are 231 councillors in the City of Cape Town. They would need 116 councillors to succeed. Now there are about 59 DA councillors who were initially against the motion. Let’s say that same number (59) votes against the motion and together with the 77 councillors in the council the motion will fail. The DA has about 154 councillors, but only 84 voted in favour of the but only 84 voted in favour of the motion.”

The advocate says Selfe told the counsellors how to vote. “In the very first meeting James Selfe went to the DA councillors and gave them instruction as to how to vote. But now they have changed their tune. How can we trust that?”

Mpofu claims that the DA are “manipulating the rules” in order to get De Lille out.

“They want to get rid of her by manipulating the rules of council.”

De Lille keeping herself busy

Meanwhile, De Lille kept herself busy this Valentine’s Day spending the morning handing title deeds over to Athlone, Hanover Park and Silvertown residents. She also popped in by Archbishop Desmond Tutu afterwards.


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