Cape Town - City Speaker Dirk Smit has formally laid criminal charges against mayor Patricia de Lille and mayco member Brett Herron.
In a late statement, the DA said it had taken note that Smit had laid criminal charges against De Lille and Herron in terms of a resolution taken by the Cape Town City Council which flowed from an independent investigation led by law firm Bowmans.
"Her failure to bring the matter to the attention of council was a failure of her duties in respect of the Municipal Systems Disciplinary Regulations 5(1) and (2), as well as Regulation 3(2) of the Financial Misconduct Regulations. As a result, the Speaker has laid the charges in accordance to S119 of the Municipal Systems Act."
It said criminal charges were also laid against Herron.
"Speaker Smit also laid charges against Brett Herron in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act."