Cape Town - A report that clears mayor Patricia de Lille of any wrongdoing in upgrades to her private home was shelved at the eleventh hour by the DA.
At council last week, speakers were confirmed and the report was a final recommendation prepared by the City’s Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC), but DA councillor Siseko Mbandezi, who was not on the speaker’s list, asked that the report be referred back to the MPAC for a technical consideration.
Before his request, council speaker Dirk Smit wanted to adjourn the meeting and close the meeting to the public to discuss the Bowmans Gilfillan’s report, another report that implicated De Lille. The report that clears De Lille of any wrongdoing was set to be ratified and R140000 was to be written off as irrecoverable.
The MPAC probe follows an investigation into the 2014 upgrades of De Lille’s house after red flags were raised by the auditor-general (AG). Mbandenzi’s request was met with fury from ANC councillors and De Lille.
“Speaker, what is going on here? This man is not even on the list. The speaker’s list has been sorted out. Can the councillor please explain what he wants to know?,” De Lille said.
Smit said he had the discretion to allow councillors to speak on certain matters. ANC council leader Xolani Sotashe said Mbandenzi could not be allowed to dictate to council.