WATCH | Duelling protesters face off outside De Lille court

11 May 2018 - 10:25 By Anthony Molyneaux And Aron Hyman

Rival groups of protesters gathered outside the high court in Cape Town on Friday ahead of former Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s bid to interdict the DA from appointing a new mayor.

De Lille claimed on Twitter on Thursday evening that the DA had offered R50 a head to anyone prepared to protest against De Lille.

One of the groups singing and toyi-toying outside court shortly after 9am brandished posters reading: “Cape Flats 100% behind you‚ Aunty Pat”. The other shouted: “We are ready to fire De Lille”.

Rival groups faced off outside the Cape High Court on Friday as Patricia de Lille arrived for a court battle against the DA leadership.

De Lille’s seven years as mayor ended on Tuesday when the DA rescinded her membership over a radio interview in which she is alleged to have said she would leave the party once she had cleared her name of allegations against her.

Charges she faced included nepotism and bringing the party’s name into disrepute after relationships between her and members of her mayoral committee soured.

She claims she fell out of favour with the party over her spatial transformation agenda for Cape Town.