The DA’s automatic-cessation clause was “ridiculous and irrational” and threatens freedom of expression and association, the High Court in Cape Town heard on Monday. As Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s battle with the DA continued in court on Monday, her legal representatives said that the party sought to oust her using illegal means. De Lille, whose membership of the DA was terminated in May, launched a two-part court challenge. In part A of her application, De Lille sought to interdict the city from declaring a mayoral vacancy and to retain her party membership pending conclusion of court processes.

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