On Thursday‚ De Lille claimed victory over the DA after the party abandoned the findings and recommendations of the Steenhuisen report. The report was compiled by a team headed by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen last year which probed tensions within the DA caucus in the city. The report accused her of interfering with the appointment of the municipal manager. De Lille took the report on review in the high court in Cape Town.
But the DA‚ in agreement with De Lille’s council‚ abandoned the findings and recommendations of the report – the agreement was made an order of the court this week.
"The Steenhuisen report made unsubstantiated and sweeping findings against me. Findings that committee was not entitled to arrive at given that the committee had adopted an informal style without the opportunity for the veracity of the gossip and allegations to be tested through cross-examination‚" said De Lille.
“The committee conducted itself like an apartheid-era kangaroo court. It failed to grasp the most basic principles of a fair and just process and exposed the DA as paying lip-service to their value of “fairness’. This closes another chapter in a year of DA dirty tricks against me. They have slandered my name‚ attempted to ruin my hard-earned reputation and worked day-and-night to remove me from office based in part on the Steenhuisen findings. In the end those findings could never be substantiated and they abandoned them.”
Natasha Mazzone‚ the DA’s deputy federal chairperson‚ said the party had decided to end internal disciplinary process against De Lille in the interest of the people of Cape Town. She said the DA has always stood by the findings of the Steenhuisen report.
“It abandoned same with regards to De Lille only to obtain finality for the party and the City of Cape town‚” said Mazzone.
“The tactics used by Ms De Lille in an effort to cover up corruption has been revealed in the Bowmans report which confirms the Steenhuisen findings.
Some of these findings were further confirmed by the two Bowman’s reports which found she failed in her duties and covered up corruption.”