DA investigates De Lille over alleged document leak
Aron Hyman | 2017-02-21 18:27:17.0
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. File photo
Image by: Sunday Times
Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille and the DA chief whip in the City of Cape Town‚ Shaun August‚ are under investigation by the DA.
They are accused of leaking “confidential party documentation to the media” as the race to succeed De Lille as Western Cape DA leader turns ugly.
De Lille quit her party leadership role last month and August‚ the DA’s Cape Town metro chairman‚ is the candidate she is backing when votes are cast on Saturday.
DA spokeswoman Anneke Scheepers said the charges against De Lille and August were serious and could lead to expulsion from the party.
“This is not a lightweight situation… It means that there could be some serious outcome. If there is due cause‚ people will be sanctioned‚” she said.
“The investigation is basically to see what transpired and then what role did the individuals have in this incident.”
On Sunday‚ Rapport said Josh Jordaan‚ policy and strategy researcher in De Lille’s office‚ gave one of its journalists an official document with vital information omitted.
It was reportedly offered as proof that August and fellow Cape Town councillor Matthew Kempthorne were victims of a hate campaign after they were found guilty by the DA federal executive of failing to follow proper procedures in the procurement of party T-shirts in the run-up to last year’s local government elections.
They were fined about R50‚000 each and given suspended membership terminations. Jordaan resigned from the party on Monday.
DA federal executive chairman James Selfe said the leak of the documentation was “in violation of the party’s policy on the confidentiality of closed meetings”.
He said: “According to the story‚ this was done with the knowledge of Shaun August‚ and Patricia De Lille was aware that he was meeting with the paper.
“I have accordingly referred the matter to the DA’s federal legal commission for investigation‚ in particular to determine the role played in the matter by Shaun August‚ Patricia De Lille‚ and Josh Jordaan.”
Selfe said there were “no suspensions of any person” amid media reports that De Lille had been handed a letter of expulsion.
Five candidates are campaigning to succeed De Lille‚ but analysts say the main race is between August and human settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela‚ who has the support of Premier Helen Zille.