POLITICS
27/06/2018 10:32 SAST | Updated 27/06/2018 11:28 SAST

De Lille Beats DA In Court; Remains Cape Town Mayor

The court ordered that the party's decision to terminate De Lille's membership was illegal.

Patricia de Lille addresses the media after her ousting as Cape Town mayor by the DA on May 08 2018 in Cape Town. The party's actions have now been ruled invalid by the High Court in Cape Town.
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Patricia de Lille addresses the media after her ousting as Cape Town mayor by the DA on May 08 2018 in Cape Town. The party's actions have now been ruled invalid by the High Court in Cape Town.

The Western Cape High Court has ordered that the termination of Patricia de Lille's DA membership by the party was illegal and invalid.

The decision was set aside, and the party ordered to pay the Cape Town mayor's legal costs.

High Court judge Andre le Grange handed down the judgment, which he said was unanimous, on Wednesday.

He said the composition of the DA's federal legal council, which decided on De Lille's fate in the party, was improperly constituted.

There was another reason for the court's decision. It found that, according to the DA's constitution, the panel that made the decision cannot make any adverse finding against any person unless the person has been sufficiently informed of any allegation against him or her, and has been given the opportunity to rebut the allegations and submit evidence in mitigation.

The court found the DA failed to comply with this provision.