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Court: Council Speaker must decide on secret ballot in de Lille motion

Mayor Patricia de Lille says following Wednesday afternoon’s judgment, her lawyers will now contact the Speaker’s Office.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has ruled that the Cape Town Council Speaker must decide whether a vote of no confidence in Mayor Patricia de Lille will take place in the form of a secret ballot or not.

De Lille lodged the urgent court application because she feared Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors would not be able to cast a free vote on Thursday.

During a DA Council caucus meeting late last month, 84 members voted in favour of Mayor de Lille to be sacked.

Fifty-nine were in support of her retaining her position.

She says following Wednesday afternoon’s judgment, her lawyers will now contact the Speaker’s Office.

“In the arguments yesterday, not one of the parties were opposed to the secret vote.”

De Lille has emphasised she was never against the motion taking place.

“The court has now ruled in my favour when it comes to fairness and so councilors will have their own conscience to decide whether they vote for the motion or against it.”

The DA’s legal representation argued the matter has to do with political power and de Lille's belief that if the vote is secret, she could retain her position.

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