De Lille de­mands apol­ogy from se­nior DA mem­bers

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MAYOR Pa­tri­cia de Lille has given four fel­low DA se­nior mem­bers un­til Oc­to­ber 18 to pub­licly apol­o­gise for what she said were defam­a­tory state­ments.

She penned a let­ter to DA mem­ber Henk Hugo, DA KwaZulu-Natal deputy pro­vin­cial chair­per­son She­hana Ka­jee, DA deputy chief whip Mike Wa­ters and Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces MP Bron­wynn En­gel­brecht.

She said she wrote to them be­cause the four re­posted or oth­er­wise dis­trib­uted an im­age on so­cial me­dia which made claims about var­i­ous “find­ings” against her by the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral.

“In May this year, the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral dis­missed the con­tents as fake. Not only was the AG’s sig­na­ture forged, but his of­fice de­nied know­ing any­thing about the ori­gins of the doc­u­ment. By re­post­ing or oth­er­wise dis­tribut­ing the doc­u­ment, you pub­lished defam­a­tory ma­te­rial re­gard­ing me, which is ag­gra­vated by the fact that this was done as part of a con­certed ef­fort to dis­credit me for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.”

De Lille said she had in­structed her at­tor­neys to com­mence le­gal ac­tion against them in re­spect of these “defam­a­tory al­le­ga­tions”.

While Wal­ters, Hugo and Ka­jee could not be reached for com­ment, En­gel­brecht said she could not com­ment as she had not seen the let­ter. |

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