Neilson wants to appoint new CT mayco to cement his position, says Prof

Acting Cape Town Mayor, Ian Neilson, says he will appoint an interim mayoral committee (mayco) on Monday.

Neilson says he will wait til 3pm before making the appointment official out of respect to the court.

Public leadership expert Professor Erwin Schwella says this move is an effort by him and the DA to enforce his incumbency.

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

Last week, Patricia De Lille took the DA to court after the party rescinded her membership, forcing her to vacate office.

Neilson has taken over as acting mayor and says that he now holds all the authority by law.

He says that he has delayed appointing an interim mayoral committee in order to allow the judge to reveal the outcome of Friday's court proceedings.

The Western Cape High Court on Friday reserved judgment on De Lille's request that she continue being a DA member and Cape Town's mayor.

Read more: De Lille's lawyers question whether Eusebius interview can be used to oust her

The court ordered that De Lille’s seat in council remain vacant while the matter is pending.

Prof Schwella says the acting mayor wants to cement his position by appointing his interim mayoral committee.

He adds that the spat between the DA and De Lille is likely to drag on for months to come.

It's the power of incumbency... once you are there, you are in power and do things to cement a powerful position.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

It's seems as if the DA and city management have decided that incumbency is an important and powerful force.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

Neilson is saying that unless anything is indicated to the contrary, he will govern.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

The end is not in sight. There will be court cases kept going for a couple of months still.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

Whatever happens in the court, De Lille will take it on appeal or keep on with the judges and go to court.

Prof Erwin Schwella, public leadership expert

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