Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has ceased to be a DA member, the party announced on Tuesday. This means she can no longer continue serving as mayor. Her deputy, Ian Neilson, is expected to take over as interim mayor. James Selfe, the party’s federal council chairman, said De Lille had on two separate occasions during a radio interview on 702 stated that she intended to resign from the party as soon as she had “cleared her name”. Selfe said the DA constitution provided that a party member ceases to be a member when he or she publicly declares his or intention to resign or publicly resigns. The federal legal commission found that De Lille intended to resign from the DA and therefore her membership ceased on the day of the April interview on 702. Selfe said the fact that De Lille had ceased to be a DA member rendered other processes moot, including the consideration of the recall clause and her disciplinary hearing. The findings of the federal legal commission had been communicated ...

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