Patricia de Lille has announced that Advocate Dali Mpofu will join her legal team on Friday, as she takes on Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Cape Town High Court.
This is after the DA announced on Tuesday that she has ceased to be a member of the party and lost her job as mayor of Cape Town.
De Lille is heading to the High Court to challenge the DA’s decision to fire her as a member and by extension‚ as the executive mayor of Cape Town.
I’m happy to announce that @AdvDali_Mpofu will join my legal team tomorrow in the High court.
— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) May 10, 2018
The clash between De Lille and the DA leadership began last year when colleagues at the city council aired maladministration and corruption allegations against her. Two of her allies in the city administration lost their jobs following an internal investigation but De Lille has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
She has accused the party of trying to oust her to frustrate efforts to bring about greater social equality in the city, earning a stinging rebuke from James Selfe who told media the claim was nonsense.
But on Tuesday after the party ousted her, she reiterated the accusation. De Lille said the decision to kick her out was a victory for conservatives within the DA.
“If they think it’s a victory today, it’s a victory for the conservative people in the DA who don’t want to see transformation in the City of Cape Town.”
De Lille has in recent weeks sought to force the DA through the courts to give her access to documentation that informed its decision, on February 14, to charge her with misconduct after a separate political investigation, headed by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen.