De Lille’s defamation charges brushed aside
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.”