De Lille’s case- Judgment reserved on Secret Ballot Vote

CAPE TOWN- Judgement has been reserved in Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille court bid to have a motion of confidence against her, held under secret ballot.

“This court’s ruling will stand over until tomorrow at 14:00,” said Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney.

The Cape Town mayor had brought an urgent application to the Western High Court so that the no motion of no confidence was held with “conscience” and “free will” instead what DA councillors did under party orders.

The vote can be held either by hand or electronically.

It is the Speakers discretion whether the vote can be in secret or not, if the issue arises according to council rules.

De Lille had brought in Advocate lawyer Dali Mpofu into her legal team, the advocate argued on behalf of De Lille as he had similar experience during United Democratic Movement’s application to the Constitutional Court to force Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete to hold a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in secret.

In that case the ConCourt ruled he could not tell what the speaker should do, but that her authority is firm, she is the one to decide whether a secret ballot should be held or not. Mbete agreed with opposition parties the secret ballot was held, Zuma survived.

De Lille has insisted on secret ballot despite the assurances from the DA that there has been no intimidation and that councioler can vote freely.

Photo Credit-  De lille with her attorney John Riley in the Western Cape High Court. News24

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