I'm in charge now, De Lille has left the building - acting CT mayor Ian Neilson

Ian Neilson is now the acting mayor of Cape Town following Patricia de Lille's ousting by the DA, and says he is willing to take on the role in a permanent capacity.

De Lille is headed to court on Friday after the DA rescinded her membership and removed her as mayor.

Read more: 'It isn't over yet' - De Lille to take DA to court over removal, dissolved mayco

Neilson says that city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo has confirmed that De Lille no longer holds any authority.

According to Neilson, De Lille has now left the building and has had her transport services and VIP protections services stripped away.

He advises that there will not be any staff changes or purges while he is acting mayor.

Meanwhile, a defiant De Lille has on Wednesday been addressing a spatial transformation event in Cape Town as mayor.

Also read: Cape Flats caller says she's lost respect for DA and won't vote for the party

I'm quite clear that I'm the person currently in charge here.

Ian Neilson, Cape Town’s acting Executive Mayor 

The Speaker has informed me that Patricia de Lille is no longer the mayor... and that I automatically become the mayor.

Ian Neilson, Cape Town’s acting Executive Mayor 

The fact is, [the power to give instructions] is in my hands.

Ian Neilson, Cape Town’s acting Executive Mayor 

She has left the building and will not be permitted back into the mayors office.

Ian Neilson, Cape Town’s acting Executive Mayor 

I have not spoken to her and she has not called me.

Ian Neilson, Cape Town’s acting Executive Mayor 

He says he has made himself available to stand for the position of mayor.

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