Beleaguered Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has once again hurled a spanner into the works of prolonged DA efforts to remove her as mayor and continues to cling to her position. De Lille has waged a titanic battle for more than a year against her party’s campaign to get rid of her and has clung on to her position despite growing signals since January that her days are numbered. On Friday, shortly before the DA federal council sat down to deliberate her fate, De Lille presented the party’s lawyers with a draft of the urgent application that she said she intended to launch immediately in the high court should the council decide that she must resign as mayor. The city council immediately suspended proceedings so that its lawyers could consider her legal papers. It is expected to resume its meeting on Monday or Tuesday. DA federal executive council deputy chairwoman Natasha Mazzone emphasised that procedural fairness and courtesy demanded that De Lille’s papers be considered before a ...

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