2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'Corruption can come out anytime, wherever the scourge rears its ugly head'

Patricia De Lille, president of the Good Party, handed over a forensic investigation report to the Public protector on Thursday, tabling alleged corruption within the Democratic Alliance (DA) led George municipality.

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She describes the alleged corruption as similar to that which is alleged to have occurred in the VBS saga.

To discuss the report, De Lille joins Bongani Bingwa on #702Breakfast.

I am comparing this corruption to VBS because there were some kickbacks involved and people took a commission on taxpayers money.

Patricia de Lille, President - Good Party

More than R300 million was invested in a company that has not even participated in the tender process.

Patricia de Lille, President - Good Party

Secondly, the councillor who is the portfolio chairperson on finance in George introduced his son to this company at his house where they agreed that the son would be like a broker and R400 000 as a kickback was given to his son.

Patricia de Lille, President - Good Party

She adds that her coming forward with this information is not opportunistic or for purposes of electioneering, but rather, insists the alleged corruption is fact.

Up till today, the DA has not acted against this councillor Kronje and he is still the chairperson of finance and he is still sitting in council.

Patricia de Lille, President - Good Party

Yes, they acted against the chief financial officer, but even then the case had to be concluded in 60 days and he was suspended. He is, however, back at work as we speak now and that is the issue.

Patricia de Lille, President - Good Party

Corruption can come out anytime, wherever the scourge rears its ugly head. The point that I am raising is that in terms of a forensic report, that was done by an independent legal firm and made two recommendations, that the CFO must be investigated and disciplined.

Patricia de Lille, President - Good Party

She adds that the second recommendation was that the councillor, Mr Kronje must be disciplined in terms of the code of conduct for councillors.

However, the second recommendation was never implemented by the DA.

She is aware that the Hawks raided the municipal building but reiterates that the DA has not acted against the councillor.

I have done my duty, on behalf of the whistleblowers. I have delivered the information to the Public Protector and now we must wait and see whether the DA is going to take action and discipline their councillor.

Patricia de Lille, President - Good Party

De Lille says her name has become synonymous for fighting corruption in the country and she has never waited for the elections to expose corruption.

I will continue to fight the scourge of corruption in our country because corruption steals from the poor and the money that people are stealing could have been used for the poor.

Patricia de Lille, President - Good Party

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