Cape Town - Mayor Patricia de Lille is set to retract her decision to resign as Cape Town mayor – 24 hours before a “grim” forensic investigation report implicating her in corruption and maladministration is tabled before council.
Several high-placed sources have informed the Cape Argus that they were aware of De Lille’s intention to not leave office on October 31. Two months ago, after reaching an agreement with the DA that they would clear her name, De Lille agreed to resign.
The agreement followed months of drawn-out court battles between her and the DA. At full council on Thursday, a 2 000- page forensic report into corruption and maladministration by law firm Bowmans will be tabled, after which a decision will be taken on whether to lay criminal charges against De Lille, mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett Herron, suspended transport commissioner Melissa Whitehead and a string of officials.
De Lille’s closest confidant, Rodney Lentit, said he advised her to not resign.
“She is on a plane back to Cape Town. I have spoken to her and advised her not to resign until this matter is resolved. We have seen that there is an exit attack by the DA on her. She agreed to take my advice not to resign,” he said yesterday.