Patricia de Lille has won her court fight to remain mayor. 
Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

The Western Cape High has ruled that mayor Patricia de Lille be reinstated as Cape Town mayor.

Judge Patrick Gamble ruled that De Lille be granted relief and that she be reinstated as mayor. 

She will however have to be disciplined and follow the mandate of the DA.

De Lille approached the courts on Friday to challenge the constitutionality of Section 3.5.1.2 of the DA’s constitution which states that “a member ceases to be a member of the party when he or she publicly declares his or her intention to resign and or publicly declares his or her resignation from the party”.


This rule was used to oust De Lille as mayor and from the party yesterday.

De Lille is fighting to get her DA membership back after the party terminated it, meaning she can no longer be mayor. This follows a radio interview in which she said she would walk away after the whole process.

The mayoral committee has also been dissolved and deputy mayor Ian Nielson appointed interim mayor. The City manager has been instructed to inform the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)of the vacancy left by De Lille’s departure as City councillor.

Cape Argus