The war raging in the top echelons of the City of Cape Town attracted another 5‚477 words on Wednesday. Mayor Patricia de Lille responded to a 42-page affidavit accusing her of ethical and legal shortcomings with a 22-page statement accusing its author of lying about her. De Lille’s statement is the latest salvo in a conflict that has also embroiled city manager Achmat Ebrahim‚ transport commissioner Melissa Whitehead, and the executive director of the department of the mayor‚ Craig Kesson. The welter of accusations — including a threat of criminal action against Kesson — coincide with a conflict between De Lille and MMC JP Smith, which has led to a DA inquiry. Kesson‚ the mayor’s right-hand man and co-author with De Lille of a book published in September — View From City Hall: Reflections on Governing Cape Town — released a bombshell with an affidavit on November 9, which he signed "under the provisions and protections afforded by the Protected Disclosures Act". In it‚ he accused D...

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