Cape Town councillors will be asked to decide on Thursday whether to report mayor Patricia de Lille to the police after a forensic investigation said criminal charges should be considered against her and several other officials. A 2‚000-page report by law firm Bowman Gilfillan‚ made available to councillors electronically on Saturday‚ claims De Lille and former city manager Achmat Ebrahim broke the law when they failed to tell the council about irregular payments in 2015. Other officials against whom the report suggests criminal charges include mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett Herron‚ and suspended transport and urban development authority commissioner Melissa Whitehead.

Thursday’s council decision will be made just six days before De Lille steps down as mayor. She agreed in August to relinquish the post‚ after more than a year of turmoil in the Democratic Alliance over its allegations against her. She will be replaced on November 1 by Dan Pla...

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