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ANC WC to approach Public Protector over de Lille renovations matter

Patricia de Lille has denied claims she used public money for building renovations at her home, but the ANC now says it has invoices to prove the allegations are true.

FILE: Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape is expected to lay a complaint with the Public Protector against Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Monday.

The party says it has invoices from 2016 and 2017 showing De Lille used public money for building renovations at her home. De Lille has denied claims like these however in a statement earlier this week she said she'd used her own money for upgrades.

The City's Speaker also issued a statement on Thursday saying the Council only paid for security upgrades at her home, following a risk assessment by police.

The ANC's Xolani Sotashe says: “We have met with our lawyers and they advised us that we must not rush because with the documentation that we have given them we have a strong case and we have the basis to lay criminal charges against de Lille.”

Sotashe says he will also be asking the Office of the Speaker to investigate the matter.
“At the same time, we will be approaching the Public Protector because we have doubts about the office of the speaker because he has already made his opinion on the matter. We doubt his impartiality in terms of the investigation.”

Meanwhile the City Speaker has welcomed the ANC's plan to approach the Public Protector.

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