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Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - JASON FELIX jason.felix@inl.co.za

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.

PHANDO JIKELO African News Agency (ANA)

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