De Lille’s defama­tion charges brushed aside

Daily News - - METRO - JA­SON FE­LIX ja­son.fe­lix@inl.co.za

FRAUD and defama­tion charges laid by for­mer Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille against four se­nior DA mem­bers yes­ter­day have been brushed off.

In April, the four al­legedly cre­ated and/or shared a forged au­di­tor-gen­eral state­ment on so­cial me­dia. Au­di­tor-gen­eral Kimi Mak­wetu sub­se­quently con­firmed that the state­ment was fake and the doc­u­ment pur­port­ing to rep­re­sent the in­sti­tu­tion forged.

A so­cial me­dia post ti­tled Pa­tri­cia de Lille ex­posed pur­ported to be a doc­u­ment from Mak­wetu’s of­fice with his sig­na­ture at­tached, and listed a num­ber of al­leged breaches by De Lille re­lated to the MyCiTi bus pro­cure­ment process.

De Lille ini­tially threat­ened to sue the mem­bers if they did not apol­o­gise in pub­lic. The four DA se­nior mem­bers are two mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, DA deputy chief whip Mike Wa­ters and DA Na­tional Coun­cil of Provinces mem­ber Bron­wynn En­gel­brecht.

The other two are DA KwaZulu-Natal pro­vin­cial chair­per­son She­hana Ka­jee and DA branch ex­ec­u­tive Henk Hugo.

Asked for com­ment, Ka­jee said: “I know ex­actly why you are call­ing me and I am not go­ing to re­spond to any of this.”

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