DA awaits formal legal opinion before deciding to appeal De Lille judgment

Federal Executive Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance, James Selfe, says the party awaits an opinion from an independent executive council, not involved with the initial court proceedings to establish whether they will appeal the court ruling on De Lille.

This follows a ruling by the Western Cape High Court to effectively nullified the DA's federal legal commission, which had terminated De Lille's party membership, deeming it to have been constituted illegally.

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We are expecting that opinion today but a preliminary opinion that we have received is that we should appeal it, for the simple reason that the provision in our constitution that the court relied on is capable of more than one interpretation.

James Selfe, DA Federal Executive Chairperson

Selfe says the constitution was amended in April upon realising that there was a degree of ambiguity.

He says the court, in its interpretation, interpreted the selection panel and members of the federal legal commission as the same, which is not the DA's interpretation.

The panel comprises 10 members who make recommendation or nominate members of the federal legal commission, he says.

That's certainly not our interpretation and it is certainly not in the way we have constituted the federal legal commission.

James Selfe, DA Federal Executive Chairperson

To hear the rest of the conversation with DA's James Selfe, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : DA awaits formal legal opinion before deciding to appeal De Lille judgment


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