AS IT HAPPENED: 'DA's motion of no confidence against De Lille is a sham' - Mpofu
Mpofu wraps up #DeLille urgent application for secret ballot at motion of no confidence by asking why she is being treated differently to WCape Premier Helen Zille who has been accused of racism @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018
Mpofu said the DA supported the secret ballot against Jacob Zuma.
"In fact right now as we speak there is probably going to be a vote of no confidence [in Zuma]," says Mpofu, whose phone is obviously on silent.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia #DeLille with her attorney John Riley at her court bid for a secret vote in the motion of no confidence. Waiting for resumption after adjournment @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/JRznRFSEpK— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018
So all that's left now is whether the court can order the DA to instruct its members to ask for a secret vote during the motion of no confidence against Mayor Patricia #DeLille on Thursday. Judge says he does not think he can tell the DA what to tell the Speaker @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018
#DeLille secret ballot matter resumes with DA rewording their initial position: DA councillors can vote according to conscience, with no fear of repercussions, but still no mention of secret vote @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018
Mpofu says preventing secret voting even defeats the purpose of holding the vote.— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018
Says might as well do a phone around to find out how everyone is going to vote. @TeamNews24
Mpofu said that when #DeLille was briefing her lawyers she was told that she could challenge the holding of a Motion of No Confidence because the party made it clear it wants her removed, but she said she insisted that motion go ahead, but by secret vote @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018
Mpofu says that the issue against #DeLille is over her conduct, therefore a misconduct hearing is the appropriate way to deal with her. He says the Motion of No Confidence is just a "backdoor disciplinary process" .@TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018
Mpofu presented these numbers:
There are 231 members of council
154 of them belong to the DA
77 belong to the opposition
Mpofus says, assume 77 members of the opposition votes against the motion of no confidence.
Then the outcome of this case will have the decisive impact on whether the mayor stays or goes:
If the 77 opposition, plus the 59 in the DA caucus who indicated they want her to stay = 136 and the motion of no confidence will be defeated.
The magic number is 116 - the majority.
So, the opposition plus 59 = 136 which is above the magic number so the motion is defeated, De Lille stays as mayor.
If she stays as mayor: those 59 are intimidated.
If the 154 in the DA caucus voted the way the DA wanted them to vote, then she goes. If there is a secret vote she stays, if there is an open vote she goes.
Mpofu says DA Fedex chair James Selfe is treating the 59 DA caucus members in the City of Cape Town as "robots" who cannot think for themselves regarding the #DeLille motion of no confidence @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018
Mpofu submits that the DA already voted by a secret ballot whether to table the motion of no confidence in #DeLille, so could instruct the council to hold the vote in the motion by secret ballot @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) February 13, 2018