De Lille 'pleased' Zuma will get his day in court, AND will testify as a witness

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says she is happy that allegations against former president Jacob Zuma will finally be tested in a court of law.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams announced on Friday that he has given the green light for Zuma to be prosecuted on 18 charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

In 1999, de Lille, then an MP with the PAC, went to Parliament to call for a probe into the arms deal. She says she feels vindicated by the NPA's announcement to finally prosecute Zuma.

Read: NPA to pursue Zuma prosecution

It's almost 20 years now since I went to Parliament asking for an investigation into the allegations contained in ,what was then called, the 'De Lille dossier'.

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town Mayor

Out of the dossier, Tony Yengeni and Schabir Shaik were successfully prosecuted. The other one was Jacob Zuma and now he will finally get his day in court.

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town Mayor

De Lille says she was called by the NPA asking if she would testify if the charges against Zuma were re-instated.

Yes, I have agreed that I will be one of the witnesses.

Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town

De Lille also spoke to Kieno Kammies about her up coming disciplinary hearing by the DA, set to start on Tuesday.

The DA is insisting that the the hearing be held away from the media. De Lille says she will be challenging that decision.

My lawyers have emphasised through the DA that I can only restore my reputation if the public is able to view and assess for themselves these allegations against me.

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town Mayor

I will insist that the hearing be opened. I am the accused and I want the hearing to be opened. If the DA has a strong case against me, then they should not be bothered that it be opened.

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town Mayor

I am also the Mayor of Cape Town and I think the public in Cape Town is also entitled to know about these allegations and for the first time they will be able to hear my side of the story.

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town Mayor

To hear the rest of the conversation with Mayor De Lille, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : De Lille 'pleased' Zuma will get his day in court, AND will testify as a witness


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