The Democratic Alliance (DA) called for a press conference on Saturday evening, alluding to an important announcement by DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille.
The Mail & Guardian reported that De Lille will resign from her mayorship, effective from October 31, 2018. De Lille and the DA have been involved in an ongoing battle, with several motions of no-confidence brought against her since January. She has survived them all, including a High Court battle to forcibly remove her from her position.
De Lille will still remain a member of the DA and the disciplinary charges against have been withdrawn.
It is alleged that De Lille asked to resign to avoid the disciplinary committee. The hearing was expected to be open to the media after an agreement by the mayor and the DA.
De Lille stands accused of several allegations, including misconduct and bringing the party into disrepute. Her tumultuous relationship with the DA has played out in public since the start of this year. This display of uncertainty has caused doubt among Capetonians and brought on speculation about the DA’s inefficiencies.
During a press conference, Maimane said, “I am pleased to announce today that the DA and Patricia de Lille have reached a mutual agreement which resolves the question of the leadership of the DA government in Cape Town.
“This has been a long and difficult journey. This matter has already gone on for too long, and has sapped the energies and attentions of both parties from our core work, for which we apologise.
“We were both desirous of finding a mutually agreeable resolution, and we have now done so. I am confident that this outcome is in the best interests of the people of Cape Town.”
He said this is an opportunity for the City of Cape Town DA caucus to take stock, to regroup and to unite.
A new Mayor will be elected shortly and more details regarding this process will be available soon.
Maimane said the party is pleased that this agreement opens the way for her to remain as a member of the DA.