Patricia de Lille will resume her duties as Cape Town mayor, following a ruling by Judge Patrick Gamble.
Gamble has ordered that De Lille should remain as mayor and as a councilor, pending the outcome of a separate court process on 25 May.
The judgment was delivered at the The Cape Town High Court on Tuesday.
De Lille had brought an urgent application to the court after the DA rescinded her membership and removed her from her position last week.
In the interim, Ian Neilson had been made acting Cape Town mayor and expressed intentions to appoint his own mayoral committee.
Gamble says in considering balance of convenience we know if #DeLille is successful in the review (on 25 May), she can appoint a new mayco, which will be an effective musical chairs in the City’s leadership. MM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 15, 2018
The DA has responded to the judgment in a series of tweets as seen below.
We note the ruling of the Western Cape High Court.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) May 15, 2018
We remain confident that the substantive case on the cessation of #deLille’s party’s membership will be successful.
We are resolute in our commitment to make our case to the courts, as the principle of political parties holding their elected representatives to account for their misconduct has serious and far reaching implications, and is an important precedent. #deLille— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) May 15, 2018
Patricia De Lille will now act in only a ceremonial role, with substantive governance decisions to be taken by the DA caucus in the interests of the people of CPT (while #deLille enjoys benefits of a Mayoral Salary at rate-payer expense).— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) May 15, 2018
It is inconceivable that the DA would be expected to work with a mayor who has lost the confidence of two-thirds of the caucus that she leads on no less than two occasions. #deLille— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) May 15, 2018
We are pursuing this matter because we remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering clean and effective governance, with zero tolerance for maladministration or irregularities of any kind. #deLille— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) May 15, 2018
We will not relent in our mission to put Cape Town first & ensure that maladministration & misconduct is kept out of the Mayoral Office.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) May 15, 2018
Our electoral promise in 2016 was to keep corruption out of CPT & continue delivering better services. #deLille