Mayor de Lille’s Court Hearing Postponed for Two Weeks

After being reinstated by the Western Cape High Court last week, Mayor Patricia de Lille was ordered to appear before the court this coming Friday, 25 May.

However, the judges stated that they needed more time to prepare and the hearing has been postponed to the 4th of June.

The hearing was scheduled for the judges to deliver their final decision on whether Mayor de Lille will remain in her current position.

This comes after the DA used an obscure rule in its constitution to remove her.

The rule states any DA member that announces an intention to leave the DA, can be expelled from the party.

Mayor de Lille has however denied that she said this and it has been pointed out that other members, who have also said that they would leave the DA, had not been expelled.

After Mayor de Lille was reinstated, the DA announced that she would not be allowed to act in her role as Mayor.

Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson, had referred to her as a ‘lame duck’ who would only be allowed to sit in her office and “drink tea”.

Many users on social media have slammed these comments as “bitter” and “childish”.

Mayor de Lille has however been actively fulfilling her duties as Mayor after she said that she refuses to be told that she cannot do her work.

For the past week, she has attended all relevant meetings, saw to it that backyard dwellers in Elsies River and Uitsig had access to free water, launched an entrepreneurship programme, and visited Morkel’s Cottage in Strand to inspect the progress of 547 housing units being built

In other news, the Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, has met with DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, after DA members distributed fake news on social media which made claims of corruption against Mayor de Lille.

The fake news stated that the Auditor-General had found that Mayor de Lille had failed to exercise her responsibility in procurement processes.

The Auditor-General said that he did not make these findings nor did he sign any document pertaining to any maladministration in the Mayor’s office.

Mayor de Lille has said that she would be laying criminal charges against two DA members for distributing the fake news, namely, deputy chief whip Mike Waters and MP Bronwynn Engelbrecht.

The distribution of this fake news comes after months of unsubstantiated allegations of corruption by the DA against Mayor de Lille.