De Lille charges five DA mem­bers with fraud

Calls Mmusi Maimane, James Selfe hyp­ocrites

Cape Times - - METRO - DO­MINIC ADRI­AANSE do­minic.adri­

FIVE DA se­nior mem­bers, in­clud­ing two MPs, face fraud charges for their part in dis­tribut­ing or shar­ing a fake au­di­tor-gen­eral’s re­port.

This af­ter ex-mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille lodged com­plaints against DA mem­ber Henk Hugo, DA KwaZulu-Natal deputy pro­vin­cial chair­per­son She­hana Ka­jee, DA deputy chief whip Mike Wa­ters and Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces MP Bron­wyn En­gel­brecht at the Cape Town po­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day.

She said a for­mal com­plaint filed with the DA’s fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son James Selfe in May went unan­swered de­spite the five’s ac­tions be­ing in breach of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion and its so­cial me­dia pol­icy that mem­bers are re­quired to ad­here to, she said.

De Lille said she had de­cided to take this ac­tion be­cause of the se­ri­ous na­ture of the mat­ter, as well as the to­tal dis­re­gard and dis­re­spect shown to the of­fice of the AG.

“We need to chal­lenge (Mmusi) Maimane, who al­ways speaks about ac­count­abil­ity, but he has failed to hold five se­nior DA mem­bers ac­count­able and it shows the hypocrisy. Maimane and Selfe pro­claim them­selves to be con­sti­tu­tion­al­ists but they are in fact hyp­ocrites and did not re­spect Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tions,” she said.

De Lille said the DA had in­di­cated that it was not nec­es­sary for its mem­bers to apol­o­gise and that once again its fun­ders were com­mit­ted to pay for fur­ther un­winnable court ac­tion.

The five mem­bers had ig­nored her dead­line of Oc­to­ber 18 to pub­licly apol­o­gise.

She later lodged a com­plaint with the of­fice of Par­lia­ment Speaker Baleka Mbete against Wa­ters and En­gel­brecht, charg­ing that their ac­tions, were at odds with Par­lia­ment’s Code of Ethics by dis­re­spect­ing a Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tion.

Ap­proached for com­ment Wa­ters and Hugo re­sponded with the same text mes­sage: “I note the charges laid by Ms Pa­tri­cia De Lille and trust that the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem will run its course. I also look for­ward to the out­comes of the SAPS in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crim­i­nal charges against Ms De Lille.”

Deputy chief of staff for Maimane’s of­fice Gra­ham Char­ters said: “Ms De Lille is no longer a DA Mem­ber. Her le­gal pur­suits are hers alone. We wish her well in her fu­ture en­deav­ours, and have no fur­ther com­ment.”

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