De Lille to sue businessman for R1m over bribery claims

“I have always said the truth will survive and that I am not afraid to subject myself to any due process to properly test the allegations against me‚ open to the public and to the media.”

She said the bribery allegations dated back to events more than five years ago when Faul negotiated with the Cape Town’s safety and security disaster risk management department for the fire extinguishers to be used in the city’s informal settlements.

She said the allegations by Faul were patently false and were a vicious attack on her good name and reputation.

“As such they were defamatory in the extreme and I have instructed my lawyers to pursue a defamation case against him for R1m.”

De Lille said at the time the allegations surfaced‚ she had stated that it was a grand plot to remove her.

“I am relieved that justice has prevailed and that I have once again been vindicated. It is proof of the vicious witch hunt which unfolded over the past year to get rid of me.”

She said she had taken an enormous amount of abuse and all the allegations which were spread by the DA had caused her great reputational harm.

De Lille said the action she intended to take against Faul was part and parcel of clearing her name – which had cost about R600‚000 in lawyers’ fees.

“It was a good investment. Integrity is something you cannot buy‚” De Lille said.

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