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De Lille rejects DA’s offer to keep mayoral position open

Patricia de Lille says she’s still consulting with her lawyers but believes she won't accept the offer.

Patricia de Lille maintains she's the mayor of Cape Town after the Democratic Alliance terminated her membership, on Tuesday 8 May, 2018. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Patricia de Lille has told Eyewitness News that she’s rejected the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) offer to keep the position of Cape Town mayor and councillor open, pending a court hearing.

De Lille says that she’s still consulting with her lawyers but believes she won't accept the offer.

In court papers from the DA's lawyers, the City of Cape Town has agreed not to appoint a permanent mayor for a period of three months.

It goes on to say that De Lille is no longer a DA member, mayor, or councillor, and the seat she'd occupied in the city council will remain vacant.

The DA adds if Part B of De Lille's application, which refers to the fairness of the party's clause which was the basis of her membership being rescinded, is successful, then she can return to her position as mayor, councillor, and can join the DA again.

De Lille has confirmed to EWN she's rejected this offer.

“I rejected that yesterday. I must just have a response from my lawyers, then I’ll respond.”

The DA says it’s not offering to keep De Lille as mayor, but her seat will be kept open until part B of the case is finalised.

De Lille in a tweet on Thursday announced that Advocate Dali Mpofu will join her team in court on Friday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)