Sunday Tribune - - METRO - BULELWA PAYI

THE Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) has de­clined to pros­e­cute out­go­ing mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille on bribery al­le­ga­tions, In­de­pen­dent Me­dia has re­li­ably learnt.

The de­ci­sion, re­lated to a R5 mil­lion bribery claim by a Joburg busi­ness­man, comes just a few weeks be­fore De Lille is to va­cate the may­oral of­fice.

An­thony Faul claimed ear­lier this year that in 2012 De Lille tried to so­licit a R5m bribe from him in re­turn for a con­tract to sup­ply fire ex­tin­guish­ers that could be used in in­for­mal set­tle­ments.

A spokesper­son for the NPA could not con­firm the de­ci­sion.

De Lille con­firmed that her lawyers were “study­ing” the doc­u­ment and she had met them yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

In­stead of putting an end to the po­lit­i­cal feud be­tween De Lille and the DA, the lat­est de­vel­op­ment has opened a new bat­tle in her con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to clear her name.

“My lawyers are study­ing the de­ci­sion with a view to tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against all those who were hell­bent on ru­in­ing my rep­u­ta­tion by spread­ing false al­le­ga­tions against me that could not be proven,” De Lille said.

She is ex­pected to an­nounce the de­tails of the court ac­tion soon. |

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