Patricia de Lille confirmed on Wednesday that it would be her last day as mayor of Cape Town. Standing on the steps of the high court in Cape Town‚ De Lille said she has decided not to withdraw the letter of resignation she gave to DA leader Mmusi Maimane on August 4.

De Lille was speaking after filing papers challenging the City of Cape Town’s acceptance of a report from law firm Bowmans that led to a criminal charge against her. De Lille said her resignation would take effect at 7pm. “There are two more councilors who have resigned from the DA effective today. More councilors are going to resign‚” she said Five DA councilors resigned from the City of Cape Town and the DA at De Lille’s final council meeting last week. Shaun August‚ the DA chief whip‚ said at the time that he was leaving in solidarity with De Lille. In a statement‚ he accused the DA of protecting a “white minority” at the expense of its own black leaders and supporters. August said it was evident that many sen...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now