The Democratic Alliance (DA) suffered a slight setback on Tuesday, after the Western Cape High Court ordered that Patricia de Lille continue to serve as Mayor of Cape Town, for the moment.
De Lille’s bid to receive a free and fair outcome in her bruising battle with the DA continues, after the High Court ruled that her termination as a member of the DA be set aside.
The court said the decision to keep De Lille on as Mayor was in the best interests of Cape Town, given that she still has an application filed, to review and set aside the DA’s automatic cessation clause, which was used to terminate her membership last week.
That review application will be heard on May 25, where the crux of this matter will be thrashed out.
“We are genuinely concerned for the harm her loss of office has for the people of Cape Town. The city has lost the services of its first citizen and members of the mayoral committee,” said Judge Patrick Gamble on Tuesday.
Without the other matters in this battle being resolved, the risk of more political instability was presented. That is what the Western Cape High Court wanted to avoid.