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The DA’s internal crisis deepened on Wednesday as Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille again whipped the party in the courtroom and vowed to continue her fight to clear her name. The High Court in Cape Town on Wednesday set aside her dismissal from the party for being unprocedural and inconsistent with the DA constitution. De Lille will be back in the same court on Thursday in a separate application to compel the party to provide her with details of the internal inquiry that investigated allegations against her, headed by DA chief whip in Parliament John Steenhuisen. The fight between De Lille and the party heavyweights in the federal council is now set to drag down the DA even further as it edges towards the 2019 election. Ipsos polls conducted in May indicated that if the DA had gone into an election at the time, it would have lost its majority and would have needed to find a coalition partner to hold on to the Western Cape. A combination of private polls and early indicators from th...

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