Patricia de Lille pulled no punches on Thursday‚ telling what is expected to be her last meeting of the Cape Town city council as mayor that she would lay criminal charges against those smearing her name. She said it was “grossly malicious” and a breach of council rules that documents‚ including a 2‚000-page report from a forensic investigation, which recommends criminal action against her‚ had been leaked. A 2‚000-page investigation report by Bowmans‚ completed after a 10-month investigation‚ says De Lille and former city manager Achmat Ebrahim broke the law when they failed to tell the council about irregular payments in 2015. It also says De Lille did so by attempting to influence Ebrahim not to fulfil his legal obligation‚ while Ebrahim did so by acceding to her wishes. Addressing a meeting of the council on Thursday, where the report was due to be tabled behind closed doors‚ De Lille said the leaks constituted a clear attempt to “destroy my good name” when her support from comm...

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