DA welcomes court judgment on #DeLille secret vote

January 14, 2018. Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille wept on Sunday as pastors at a church in Langa laid their hands on her head to pray for her. A church in Cape Town gave mayor Patricia de Lille a hero's welcome on Sunday as it held a prayer service for her as the DA federal executive met to discuss her future. PICTURE: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES

CAPE TOWN- Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille was pleased with the Western High Court judgement, that the motion of no confidence in her should be decided by the city council speaker.

DA Leader in the Western Cape Bonginkosi Madikizela, said in a statement: “We welcome the court’s finding’s that the decision to grant a secret ballot remains the prerogative of the City Council as it should be.”

Madikizela added that the council will on Thursday consider a motion of no confidence against the mayor and this will look into the displeasure of many caucus members have of her leadership.

“It is important that this matter is concluded so that we can get back to the business of delivering services to the people of Cape Town and #DefeatDayZero,” Madikizela said about the  water crisis gripping the city.

De Lille approach the court to have the ballot done in secrecy.

Judge Robert Henney handing down his judgement said, “The speaker should be mindful in exercising his discretion to decide on whether the vote will be made by secret ballot on 15 February 2018.”

In Judge Henney view, De Lille the application was justified as the courts could look into the merits to decide who should decide a vote by secret ballot.

“The speaker must use discretion to have the secret vote or not. People should be allowed to vote with their conscience and that is the victory for today,” De Lille said.

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