Patricia de Lille and Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy celebrate the club’s victory in the MTN 8 Cup outside City Hall where the trophy was taken on a parade. The parade went into areas such as Gugulethu and Athlone.
SOON-to-be former mayor Patricia de Lille is taking shots at her detractors before she vacates her office.
Yesterday, De Lille wrote an open letter to those she has identified to have shared a fake auditor-general report which made serious findings against her. The report was fake as confirmed by the auditor-general.
Those she is targeting are DA branch executive Henk Hugo, DA KwaZulu-Natal deputy provincial chairperson Shehana Kajee, Deputy DA Chief Whip Mike Waters and National Council of Provinces MP Bronwynn Engelbrecht.
“I am writing to you because you re-posted or otherwise distributed an image on social media which made claims about ‘various findings’ against me by the auditor-general. In May this year, the auditor-general dismissed the contents as fake. Not only was the auditor-general’s signature forged, but his office denied knowing anything about the origins of the document,” De Lille said.
De Lille said by re-posting or otherwise distributing the document, they published defamatory material regarding her, “which is aggravated by the fact that this was done as part of a concerted effort to discredit me for political reasons. Your intentions were vindictive, reckless and very damaging to my reputation.
“I have instructed my attorneys to commence legal action against you in respect of these defamatory allegations, but before doing so I would like to afford you all an opportunity to retract same and to apologise to me in public. You have seven days till October 18 to issue a public apology.”
Efforts to contact Kajee failed. Earlier this year it was reported that Kajee was asked to apologise by the DA for an online post in which she called for the Muslim community to “go on the attack” in the name of Islam in 2013.
Hugo could not be traced, Waters was overseas and messages sent to him were not replied to while Engelbrecht said she was not aware of De Lille’s letter and refused to comment.
Patricia de Lille