Patricia de Lille relieved with DA deal, disciplinary process - AS IT HAPPENED

2018-07-26 15:04

A motion of no confidence in Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has been withdrawn. The DA confirmed in a statement that it reached a deal with the mayor about her ongoing issues, including her disciplinary hearing.

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26 Jul 18:10
Spokesperson Solly Malatsi points out that details about the disciplinary process into De Lille and the charge sheet will be placed in the public domain.

26 Jul 18:09
Deputy federal council chairperson Natasha Mazzone says the party encourages "robust debate" and that "no one is above the law".

26 Jul 18:09
Meanwhile, the DA is also briefing the media on the matter with De Lille.

26 Jul 17:52

26 Jul 17:37
De Lille says as part of the agreement they will have a pre-trial conference where the evidence she has been asking for will be submitted too.

26 Jul 17:33

26 Jul 17:15

26 Jul 16:58
Here is the full statement from the DA about Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and her upcoming disciplinary process:

26 Jul 16:53

DA confirms deal reached with De Lille for public disciplinary hearing

The Democratic Alliance has confirmed that it has reached an agreement with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille about her ongoing issues with the party, which includes allowing an open disciplinary hearing. "Both parties have agreed to a speedy disciplinary process, including a hearing that will take place over three days in August," deputy federal council chairperson Natasha Mazzone said in a statement.


26 Jul 16:46
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is due to address the media following the conclusion of council. The open session of Cape Town Council for Thursday is now closed.

26 Jul 16:45

The motion of no confidence against Speaker Smit fails emphatically.

NO: 157

YES: 55

DA councillors erupt into cheers as Smit survives the motion. ANC councillors for some reason start joining in. The entire Cape Town Council is singing.


26 Jul 16:42

26 Jul 16:41
Mazzone added that the agreement makes space for de Lille to be held accountable in a fair and reasonable manner for findings of independent Cape Town Council led-investigations, such as the upcoming Bowman’s report.

26 Jul 16:40
Mazzone said the party is working to ensure that the DA caucus, the mayoral committee and functions of the City are focused on putting the people of Cape Town first.

26 Jul 16:37
Mazzone: "Upon Mayor De Lille’s insistence, the Party will appoint an FLC panel, and the prosecution will be led by an independent senior prosecutor and will be open to the media."

26 Jul 16:35
Deputy federal council chairperson Natasha Mazzone said in a statement that the parties agreed to a "speedy disciplinary process" that will resume over 3 days in August, and will be open to the media.

26 Jul 16:29

26 Jul 16:26

Councillors are now arguing whether the motion against Smit be handled via open or secret ballot.

McKenzie earlier said they had full confidence in Smit and the vote should be open.


26 Jul 16:23
McKenzie: Alderman Smit has ensured that the people of Cape Town will always come first. I therefore move as a party and Cape Town council that we have the full support in Smit to continue and that "he tightens the strings around discipline of the ANC".

26 Jul 16:21

26 Jul 16:16
Earlier, Nieuwoudt said that other avenues and channels had opened up to address her concerns about Patricia de Lille. She thus decided to withdraw the motion of no confidence against the mayor.

26 Jul 16:15
They start taking nominations for someone to stand in for Smit. Benedicta van Minnen stands in for him.

26 Jul 16:15
The Cape Town Council now moves on to the next item, which is the motion of no confidence against Speaker Smit, tabled by the ANC.

26 Jul 16:14
At this, DA councillors start drowning them out. ANC councillors start breaking out into song.

26 Jul 16:14
Sotashe says he is glad they have "come to their senses".

26 Jul 16:14
ANC councillors cheer and applaud as Nieuwoudt withdraws the motion.

26 Jul 16:12
A motion of no confidence in Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has been withdrawn. Unconfirmed reports indicate the DA reached a deal for her to stay in her post as her disciplinary hearing continues.

26 Jul 16:09
Smit says he will "stay in the chair" for the motion against Patricia de Lille, but assured them that he would recuse himself for the motion against himself.

26 Jul 16:08
Sotashe now goes on the attack and accuses JP Smith also of not being impartial. Smith hits back and says: "No shred of evidence."

26 Jul 16:07
Sotashe to Smit: You are not going to be impartial, you are not going to be objective. We ask that someone else preside over these two motions.

26 Jul 16:07
Council is back now.

26 Jul 16:07

26 Jul 15:52
They want to discuss the issue. Speaker Smit approves.

26 Jul 15:51
The motion against de Lille is next up, but ANC councillor Xolani Sotashe asks that a 15-minute break be taken to caucus before the motion proceeds.

26 Jul 15:45

26 Jul 15:36
Parties agreed that it will go back to the Speaker's multi-party committee dealing with the matter.

26 Jul 15:36
News now coming through from News24 reporter Paul Herman that City of Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson told Council that a proposed motion to re-vote on the issue of Patricia de Lille's executive powers has been withdrawn.

26 Jul 14:54
Mayor Patricia #DeLille is still in #CTCouncil, while a number of her mayoral committee members are not. The proposed joint statement/media briefing is still MIA. The two motions, against De Lille & Smit are still about 15 items away on the agenda.

26 Jul 14:27
DA councillor Anthony Moses backs mayor Patricia #DeLille's stance on housing in the city and calls on the #CTcouncil to support her initiatives. ANC councillors enjoy his statement and start chanting, "Moses, Moses, Moses."

26 Jul 14:01
#CTcouncil set to resume at 2pm. Still no sign of DA statement on #DeLille matter. Motion of no confidence still at least 20 items away in council.

26 Jul 13:40
CTcouncil has broken for lunch

26 Jul 13:15
A lighter moment in the #CTcouncil as one of the opposition councillors "clicks the wrong button" during voting and is the only one to abstain. DA councillor calls him out for it and the council starts laughing and applauding.

26 Jul 12:52
#CTcouncil business ongoing. They are currently on item number 27. The motions of no confidence against #DeLille and Smit are no's 54 and 55.

26 Jul 12:33

26 Jul 11:35
The agreement is reportedly to allow #DeLille's disciplinary hearing to continue while she stays on as mayor in the interim. Details to be ventilated later today.

26 Jul 11:17
A press briefing is being planned for around 2pm today on the #DeLille matter. News24 has learnt that the mayor signed the agreement last night, details of which will be shared. As such, #CTcouncil will not be tabling the motion against her today.

26 Jul 11:04
De Lille earned rousing applause from ANC councillors during her address, reports EWN

26 Jul 11:02
EFF councillor Arnolds now asks #DeLille a question. Before starting he jokes, "Madam mayor, I think this morning you can sing 'I will survive'," amid reports that a deal has been struck and the motion against her could be withdrawn.

26 Jul 11:00
EFF councillor Arnolds now asks #DeLille a question. Before starting he jokes, "Madam mayor, I think this morning you can sing 'I will survive'."

26 Jul 10:50

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