Cape Town - Supporters of the Democratic Alliance as well as former Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille gathered in their numbers outside the Western Cape High Court on Friday where the politician is challenging her ousting from the party.
De Lille and her former political party's deputy federal council chairwoman Natasha Mazzone were both in court for the urgent application.
Lawyers for De Lille are set to argue that she retain her post at least until June when the court is due to hear a full legal challenge to her ousting by the DA.
The DA, in its court papers, said it would leave the position of mayor vacant until the application for final relief is concluded.
In heads of argument, De Lille's lawyers say it would have severe implications for all parties, including the city of Cape Town, if she should win that case and a new mayor had been appointed in the interim. Decisions taken under him or her may become invalid.