It later emerged that a resignation letter‚ allegedly written by Louw to the DA‚ had been handed over by the secretariat to city manager Johann Mettler before the meeting started.
Louw does not deny writing the letter‚ but claims DA members grabbed his bag and forcefully took the resignation letter from him. “This letter was forcefully taken from me by DA members outside. I had no intention of submitting it‚ but my bag was taken‚” said Louw.
A Herald reporter saw DA councillor Rano Kayser standing outside the chamber door‚ ready to hand over Louw’s resignation letter. Kayser said he was going to give the letter to the municipal manager. “I’ve got the letter right here. He resigned from the DA and is not a councillor anymore.”
However‚ speaker Buyelwa Mafaya refused to acknowledge the letter because Louw had not handed it over himself. She therefore declared the resignation letter null and void. She also ordered an investigation into allegations that the letter was forcefully taken from Louw.
Meanwhile‚ the councillors agreed that former mayor Athol Trollip would undergo a disciplinary process for “leaking” confidential municipal reports to DA leader Mmusi Maimane.