Patricia De Lille resigns as Cape Town Mayor and DA member

Wednesday will be Patricia de Lille's last day in office as Cape Town Mayor, two months after she agreed to a deal that would see the DA drop charges against her.

Patricia De Lille announces her resignation as Cape Town Mayor on the steps of the Western Cape High Court on 31 October 2018. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Outgoing Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille is leaving the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The revelation followed shortly after an announcement that she's stepping down as mayor.

De Lille finally shed light on whether she’ll vacate her position or not. She says she’ll effectively cease to be mayor on Wednesday at 7pm.

“This is my official resignation as executive mayor of the City of Cape Town effective from 7pm on 31 October 2018.”

De Lille addressed the media outside the Western Cape High Court where she has filed papers to challenge two forensic reports.

WATCH: De Lille announced her resignation as Cape Town Mayor

The city council has adopted and acted on a recommendation that she be criminally charged for alleged wrongdoing.

De Lille says the Bowmans reports are politically manipulated and contradictory. She also alleges the law firm has colluded with city officials.

“I also have evidence to suggest that Bowmans was colluding with politicians. As you know by now, the city has paid more than R5 million to Bowmans.”

Bowmans has not been immediately available for comment.

De Lille says she puts her faith in the independence of the judiciary.

She says she has devoted her life to the city.

“I’ve spent more than seven years of my life devoted to the success of the administration of the city.”

The outgoing mayor says this is a dent in her career, but not the end of her career. She says she’s leaving the DA and will ensure she clears her name in public.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)