DA gives De Lille a chance to withdraw application

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has on Friday said that it is giving Patricia de Lille an opportunity to withdraw her misguided application.

“A letter has been written to Mayor de Lille to invite her to withdraw the application regarding the upcoming Motion of No Confidence (MONC), tabled by the City of Cape Town Caucus against her.”

This comes after the Mayor urgently filed an application in the Western Cape High Court over the motion of no confidence against her.

DA has recently announced that a motion of no confidence against De Lille has been authorised by its federal executive and is scheduled for February 15.

“The application insists that the members of the DA Caucus be allowed to vote on the MONC in accordance with their conscience. The DA has already made it clear that this will be the case and that every Councillor is free to vote with his or her own conscience,” DA Federal Council Chairperson James Selfe said.

Selfe said that on the matter of a secret ballot, DA does not believe it is necessary given that members have the freedom to vote with their consciences, the decision on this matter must be made by the Council itself.

“The DA federal and provincial executive be interdicted from ‘influencing’ Caucus members, has no legal basis and disingenuous, to say the least.

“Not only has she has failed to cite specific officer bearers she wishes to interdict, making her prayer unsustainable, she has failed to acknowledge that the DA has been clear that no threats or disciplinary action will be taken against Caucus members regarding their vote,” he said.

-TNA Reporter