IEC ordered to not to fill Cape Town City mayoral post

The Western Cape High Court, has ordered that the Independent Electoral Commission not to fill the Cape Town City mayoral vacancy until such time as the review of Ms Patricia de Lille’s matter is finalised.

The Court has reserved judgement on the matter of Ms De Lille seeking an interdict against the cessation of her membership in the Democratic Alliance (DA) after it was terminated by the party executive.

The party terminated De Lille membership over the Radio interview were she indicated that she will leave her post after clearing her name after she was accused of corruption and fraud related scandals.

De Lille’s Radio interview:

Eusebius McKaiser: Let’s say the morning after you win the legal case, however, do you really want to still be part of the DA?

De Lille: No, no, no, no, I’ve said it many times before, Eusebius, you know, the writing’s on the wall that people don’t want me for whatever reason.

On another occasion, Mr McKaiser asks:

Eusebius McKaiser: If I hear you, you are saying, ideally I want to clear my name, Eusebius, that’s why I am going to court and if I win this battle, and when I win it because I know I’ve done nothing wrong, then the morning after I have won the court case then I will resign from the DA.

De Lille: I will walk away. You summed it up correctly.

DA decision means that De Lille has lost her seat as a councillor and is no longer the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, with immediate effect.

In terms of the Municipal Structures Act, when the post of Executive Mayor is vacant, the Executive Deputy Mayor, who is elected by Council, automatically holds all Mayoral authority until such time as a new Executive Mayor is elected by Council.

Following the decision the Mayoral Committee, which was appointed by the outgoing Executive Mayor dissolves, with immediate effect, due to the vacancy.