The Democratic Alliance’s Federal Executive has announced its termination of Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille’s party membership.
The decision means that De Lille is no longer the mayor of Cape Town according to the Municipal Structures Act, the Federal Executive said, and deputy mayor Ian Neilson will now become acting mayor.
The announcement was made at a press conference on Monday where the Natasha Mazzone, deputy chair of the Federal Executive, confirmed the cessation of the mayor’s membership.
Federal executive chairperson James Selfe said De Lille’s membership was terminated after De Lille’s interview with Radio 702 radio host Eusebius McKaiser, where she said that she would resign once she had cleared her name.
The federal legal commission made the decision to end De Lille’s membership following the interview on April 26 because according to the party’s constitution, a member ceases to be a member when the member “publicly declares” their “intention to resign”.
“I will walk away,” the De Lille is quoted as saying by the party during the interview.
The DA Constitution provides, in section 22.214.171.124 that:
“A member ceases to be a member when he or she
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The Federal Executive then adopted the decision made by the FLC. The reasons for the cessation of De Lille’s membership have seemingly nothing to do with the allegations of misconduct, maladministration and corruption that the party has made against the embattled mayor.
This story will be updated as more details emerge.