ANC members threaten De Lille over home security measures

ANC leader in the City of Cape Town‚ Xolani Sotashe‚ has given mayor Patricia de Lille five days to pay back the money used for security upgrades to her private home.

Sotashe said if De Lille did not comply‚ they would bring the masses to picket at the city’s head offices.

He also said his party would file a complaint with the office of public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate the matter.

For the second day running‚ the party picketed outside De Lille’s house in Pinelands demanding that she pay back more than R702 000.

Sotashe said they were begging De Lille to cough up because she knew that she stole the money from the taxpayers.

Sotashe said they had information that the first security assessment at her home had been done in 2014 and the council had paid for the work that year.

“Recently she took a decision to renovate her house‚ which affected the work that had been done in 2014‚ so what she was supposed to do was to go back to council and seek consent‚” Sotashe said.

He said De Lille was lying when she claimed that she had paid for all the subsequent work done on her house.

Sotashe alleged that De Lille had installed more than 13 CCTV cameras in her house while in contrast‚ a number of Capetonians living in areas like Langa‚ Gugulethu and Khayelitsha were the ones in real need of this technology.

But council speaker Dirk Smit slammed Sotashe’s statements as misleading. “The amount of R700 000 which the ANC is using to create sensation was made available for security measures to be implemented at the mayor’s residence. The full amount was not utilised.”

Smit said R451 000 had been paid by the council for security measures only.

“Members of the ANC are misleading the media and members of the public by trying to create confusion and insinuate that the city paid for renovations. This is a lie. The city only paid for the security measures which SAPS instructed should be implemented‚” Smit said.

He said his office welcomed the ANC’s statement that it would lay a complaint with Mkhwebane’s office.

De Lille’s spokesman, Zara Nicholson‚ referred inquiries to Smit. – TimesLIVE

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