The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday condemned the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) “disregard and disrespect” of the outcomes of the Cape Town High Court on the Mayorship of Patricia De Lille after the DA stated that De Lille will now act only in a "ceremonial" role.
The Western Cape High Court yesterday granted De Lille's urgent application for the temporary suspension of the DA's decision to terminate her membership, pending a full review of the decision next Friday.
In a statement released immediately after the court’s ruling, the DA said the court's decision was not in the best interests of the people of Cape Town and that governance decisions will be made by the DA caucus.
The EFF said that the DA’s stated intent showed “flagrantly disregard” for and undermined a court decision.
“They are telling the whole country that despite a ruling of the court which says De Lille must resume her duties as mayor, that they as the DA will ensure this does not happen through their caucus. Instead, they will render her into a mere ceremonial mayor,” added the EFF.
The party went further to say the DA was also proving itself as an “anti-black women party, willing to do everything to humiliate De Lillie” without any due process.
“Vowing to reduce her into a ceremonial mayor is vowing to place her precisely where the sexist stereotypes about many women in power are believed to be: mere symbols or window dressing,” said the EFF.