‘ There’s an unhealthy concentration of power in mayors office’ – Selfe

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City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. Gallo Images.

Democratic Alliance (DA) federal chairperson, James Selfe says his party accepts Tuesday’s Western Cape High Court judgement and its implications entirely.

Selfe was speaking on talk radio 702 responding to a question regarding whether the DA accepted yesterdays judgment which re-instated Patricia De Lille as city mayor.

On whether he is disappointed by reports that DA councilors are suggesting to reduce Mayor De Lille’s role to a ceremonial one, Selfe said there was an unhealthy concentration of power in the office of the mayor.

“A number of other statues body within the council such as sub-council and section 79 committee were effectively stripped of their powers. There has been a move over a couple of months to restore the balance to make sure those important institutions can do their jobs,” Selfe said.

The federal chair said De Lille will exercise her full power as the city mayor.

On Tuesday, the Western Cape High Court granted De Lille interim relief to return as city Mayor. Judge Pat Gamble also ruled that her membership termination be suspended.

Last week, the high court reserved judgment in De Lille’s battle to retain her mayoral position.

The embattled Cape Town mayor took the DA to court following its Federal Executives’ announcement last week that her membership from the party has been ceased.

Patricia de Lille was reluctant yesterday to speculate on what her chances were of getting a judgment in her favour against the DA today.

“I don’t want to prejudge the courts. The courts are there to resolve disputes between parties. It’s not like in the old days when one was assumed to be guilty if one was accused of something.”

The full case will be heard on May 25.

-Afro Reporter

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