CAPE TOWN- Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille survived a motion of no confidence by one vote. The city Councillor speaker decided that the ballot should not be done in secret.

The speaker Dirk Smith said about his decision, “I am subject to an order of the High Court which requires me to exercise my discretion on whether or not a secret ballot should be held on the motion of no confidence and removal of the Executive Mayor,”

“I therefore wish to read my decision and the reasons into the record.

“I have carefully considered representations made to me on behalf of the Executive Mayor motivating a secret ballot.

“I have also considered representations submitted on behalf of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

“I have considered the factors which the court requires me to consider.

“I have taken into account the remarks of the judge that the DA caucus was divided on whether to support a motion of no confidence, and also that the parties in the litigation do not object to a secret ballot.

Smit made a various points on why the decision was made but come to the conclusion that the vote will be done in an electronic ballot, he said, “For these reasons my decision is that the ballot will be an open ballot, and we will vote by means of the electronic voting system after the debate.”

De Lille now faces a divided DA Western Cape as she tries to manage the drought crisis in the province.


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