Anthony Faul, a Gauteng businessman, alleged that De Lille had sought R5million from him for endorsing his product - a fire extinguisher he was marketing to use in informal settlements in the city.
“My lawyers and I were afforded an opportunity to respond to this new allegation by the party but, given that emails had to be collected and checked, we were unable to do so within the very short time permitted,” De Lille said.
She said comparable allegations had been made against DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela regarding the sponsorship of his birthday party.
“Also against Premier Helen Zille, regarding payment of a trip to Singapore and the boosting of her son's business, but none of these issues have been reported to the police. If this was seriously the reason, then the party should also have laid a criminal complaint against Mr Faul as he himself failed for more than five years to report the matter to police,” she said.