26 October 2018

South Africa: Patricia De Lille Off the Hook From DA, but May Now Face Criminal Charges

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Patricia de Lille addresses the Cape Town City Council on October 25, 2018.
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The deal brokered between outgoing Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and the DA, which will see her leave office with the party's disciplinary charges against her withdrawn, still stands. But the Cape Town City Council is now referring De Lille to the police to face possible criminal charges as a result of a report implicating her in the cover-up of fraud and corruption. Cue the theme tune to 'The NeverEnding Story'.

The day of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille's (supposedly) final appearance in the Cape Town City Council concluded with council accepting the recommendations of two Bowmans reports into fraud and maladministration within the City of Cape Town.

But if what turned into a nightmarish day for the DA is over, the Patricia de Lille saga is almost certainly not.

Cape metro chairperson Grant Twigg told journalists after the council sitting that one of the law firm's recommendations is that the reports' allegations of corruption concerning De Lille and other City officials be referred to the police for...

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