Patricia de Lille signed her resignation letter on the steps of the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Jason Felix/Cape Argus

CAPE TOWN - Patricia de Lille will vacate her office by 5pm, a move she described as a "bend" in her career but not the end.

In a dramatic resignation, De Lille addressed journalists on the steps of the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday where she earlier filed an application to have two Bowmans law firm reports reviewed and set aside.

In one report into corruption and maladministration in the City of Cape Town, De Lille is found complicit in irregularities, while in the second report, she is cleared of wrongdoing. The reports were tabled in council last week.

De Lille vowed to clear her name, but said she would take the next two weeks to consult with her family about her next move.

Signing her resignation letter on the court steps, she said she was also resigning as a member of the Democratic Alliance.

"When people abuse you, you must walk away. When you have to work with people throwing dirt at you on a daily basis, you walk away".

She said two councilors had also tendered their resignations with immediate effect, and that more would follow.

DeLille did not mince her words when she announced her resignation. Here are some unforgettable nuggets about her detractors in the DA: 

1. Liars
2. Drama queens 
3. Those idiots 
4. Lacking struggle credentials 

On the eve of her resignation, she also took to Twitter and posted a Gif to lament the drama in her former political party. 

Additional reporting African News Agency (ANA)


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