140305. Cape Town. Suspended councillor Andile Lili(centre) addressing a crowd of protesters at Cape Town station. Police blocked a group of approx 50 protesters to enter the station. Protesters were planning to march to the High court in support of Andile Lili. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

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Suspended ANC councillor Andile Lili has vowed to take his fight against his expulsion from the City of Cape Town right up to the Constitutional Court.

On Thursday Judge André le Grange denied Lili’s leave to appeal application against an earlier ruling in the Western Cape High Court that upheld his expulsion from council.

He was expelled from the City of Cape Town in March last year after a multiparty disciplinary committee found him guilty of participating in the illegal demolition of homes and making derogatory remarks to Khayelitsha residents.

Last month, the ANC in the Dullah Omar region suspended Lili from the party for a year after he was found guilty of bringing the party into disrepute and throwing faeces in front of government buildings.

Lili is also appealing this finding with national and provincial ANC structures.

He said on Thursday: “I will petition the judge president (John Hlophe) of the (Western Cape) High Court and fight this up to the Constitutional Court if I have to.”

Lili’s lawyers said their client’s disciplinary process was unfair and had been used to settle a political score.

He also believed Local Government MEC Anton Bredell didn’t have the power to expel him from the City of Cape Town on the council’s recommendation.

Lili’s legal representatives have challenged the constitutionality of a section of the Municipal Systems Act that gives the MEC the power to expel councillors.

Police were at Cape Town station for a second day on Thursday. On Wednesday, they prevented 150 supporters from the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement marching from the station to the court in support of Lili. - Cape Times