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Trollip threatens to sue EC newspaper

DA’s Athol Trollip says allegations that he tried to bribe a party member are unsubstantiated.

DA member Athol Trollip delivering a speech during the party's march against unemployment in Johannesburg on 27 January 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
Democratic Alliance,Athol Trollip
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance leader in the Eastern Cape Athol Trollip says he will demand an apology from those who claim he bribed a party member to spy on a colleague.

He has also threatened to sue an Eastern Cape newspaper which published the allegations he offered R5,000 to the councillor to "dig up some dirt" on DA provincial chairperson Veliswa Mvenya.

The pair has had a rocky relationship since Mvenya's election as chairperson in 2014.

She has refused to speak on the matter, saying she will request an investigation by the party's federal structures.

Trollip says the allegations are unsubstantiated.

“Nobody made any effort to verify those allegations or facts so there’s going to be serious contestation with that publication because I deny those allegations outright.”

He says he will also demand a prominent retraction of the story.

 

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