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Cape Town - Authorities are “messing up the case” involving three members of her VIP protection unit who have been accused of assaulting former ANC councillor Andile Lili, says mayor Patricia de Lille.
De Lille made the comments in council on Thursday - despite a caution from Speaker Dirk Smit that the matter was sub judice.
This comes after the common assault docket was not sent to the director of public prosecutions, but went straight to the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court instead.
At court on Wednesday, a control prosecutor decided not to put the matter on the roll until the outcome of representations made to the director of public prosecutions was known.
ANC chief whip Xolani Sotashe asked De Lille who had approved the alleged manhandling of Lili when he tried to access the Civic Centre. The ANC wanted to know why photographs of Lili were pasted around the Civic Centre, when other expelled councillors were not treated the same.
De Lille’s accusation followed a statement by Smit in which he noted that the SAPS had moved with “unprecedented speed” to arrest the members of the city’s VIP protection team.
* Meanwhile, the city’s disciplinary committee has found ANC councillor Luvuyo Hebe not guilty of inciting violence and taking part in an illegal gathering on August 12 last year after a service delivery protest in Bonga Drive, Khayelitsha.