I knew all along I am innocent, DA went to lengths to smear my name - De Lille

On Wednesday the National Prosecuting Authority announced Minister Patricia De Lille will not be prosecuted for the Democratic Alliance's (DA) claims she attempted to solicit a bribe from a businessman identified as Anthony Faul, or for the matter brought by the ANC regarding upgrades to her home.

The NPA says in a statement "There is no reasonable prospect that the State would succeed in proving this in the light of the evidence contradicting the complaint, the probabilities and the absence of corroboration."

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia De Lille talks to Kieno Kammies about the NPA's decision not to prosecute her.

I knew all along that I am innocent.

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

She says she gave the media full access to her home in 2018 to inspect the 'so-called upgrades.'

I did renovate my house but I was able to show them my banking accounts that I paid for it myself.

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

The blue lies have been exposed again. The DA is blue liars. They have gone to a very great extent to smear my name

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

James Selfe, JP Smith, Glynnis Breytenbach - those were the people behind these false charges.

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

She says she has already sued four Members of Parliament and those cases are pending before the court.

I will not hesitate this time around, after having studied the NPA's decision, to sue all of those people that have continued to smear my name.

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

She says they tried to hide the real reason they wanted her out of the City of Cape Town.

The wanted me out because I have implemented what is in the DA's manifesto - and that is to begin to integrate the City of Cape Town, to deal with the apartheid spatial planning...and the conservatives in charge now don't want to see the changes in the city.

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Remember what goes around comes around. You dig a grave for someone else and you fall in it yourself. James Selfe is the first casualty of that.

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

She insists she is prepared to work with any political party and persons in the bid to bring about transformation.

She says she identified 2000 pieces of land when she was mayor, but when she began releasing it the DA stepped up the campaign against her. Now she adds, she is the custodian of 29,000 pieces of land and will be working with cities nationally to release these for human settlement.

Listen to De Lille responding to the NPA decision below:


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