The Democratic Alliance has confirmed that the motion of no confidence against Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has been withdrawn.
It is reported that the deal was reached to enable a quick disciplinary process which will include a three-day hearing in August.
John Maytham gets the full story from Rebecca Davis.
The amount of ambiguity swirling today is an indication that the DA is still not fully in control of the situation.— Rebecca Davis, Daily Maverick journalist
It was initially claimed that there would be a full briefing even before the council chamber meeting started at 10am then it was shifted out to lunch, then it became 2pm.— Rebecca Davis, Daily Maverick journalist
There's as yet been not even a statement... and that to me means that there certainly must still be some behind the scenes wrangling and contestation over either the terms of the agreement or the fact that the agreement was brokered at all.— Rebecca Davis, Daily Maverick journalist
We saw pockets of rebellion from DA councillors this morning...— Rebecca Davis, Daily Maverick journalist
JP Smith was telling the media first thing this morning that the motion had been withdrawn.— Rebecca Davis, Daily Maverick journalist
So, if it had gone ahead it would definitely have been a sign of chaos within the DA caucus.— Rebecca Davis, Daily Maverick journalist
The more interesting question is not perhaps what is happening in the chamber but what is happening with the Democratic Alliance's fedex from whom it seems the order came.— Rebecca Davis, Daily Maverick journalist
Listen to the full discussion between Rebecca Davis and John Maytham on The John Maytham Show:
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