Showdown expected as DA federal executive meets to discuss De Lille

In a previous motion of no confidence earlier this year, De Lille triumphed because members of the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters voted in her favour. (Esa Alexander)

In a previous motion of no confidence earlier this year, De Lille triumphed because members of the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters voted in her favour. (Esa Alexander)

A showdown is expected on Wednesday morning as the Democratic Alliance’s Federal Executive meets to discuss an internal motion of no confidence in Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela confirmed on Tuesday evening the Federal Executive would meet at 9am to urgently consider the motion.

“It’s an urgent meeting that was convened to deal with the request of the motion,” he told News24 on Tuesday.

The meeting, which will be held over teleconference, comes after the Cape Town DA caucus requested the Federal Executive to permit it to table an internal motion of no confidence in de Lille.

A defiant De Lille spoke to SAfm on Wednesday morning, saying despite rumours she was considering joining the Economic Freedom Fighters, she remained adamant she would clear her name and continue on in the DA.

De Lille has previously said that if the DA attempts to use the party’s “De Lille Clause” to remove her, she would fight it.

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An internal motion of no confidence means it would only be members of the DA caucus who would vote for or against De Lille and not all parties represented in the city council.

The motion will succeed if there is a majority vote (50%+1) of no confidence in the mayor.

After the party’s congress earlier this month, DA leaders said the “De Lille Clause” will not be used against the mayor, but DA caucus deputy leader JP Smith has said that the new motion means that it is possible for the clause to be implemented “subject to decision by the fedex [federal executive]”.

The clause was recently adopted at the party’s federal congress and states that a DA member elected or appointed to an executive role – such as premier or mayor – who has lost the confidence of their caucus, can be asked to resign from office within 48 hours.“Failure by that member to resign will lead to the cessation of his or her membership of the party in terms of section 3.5.1.10,” the clause reads.The office-bearer should be allowed to make representations before such action is taken, according to the clause.

The Federal Executive is expected to release the outcomes of the meeting in a statement on Wednesday. 

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