Auditor General reveals no irregularities in De Lille's home renovations

Auditor General reveals no irregularities in De Lille's home renovations

- De Lille released her records, showing she paid for the revamps on her house in Pinelands

- However, the city did pay for a security gate at her home, priced at R140139.98

- De Lille is facing two separate investigations, one form the DA and another from Bowman Gilfillan, which is looking into allegations of maladministration

Improvements on Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s home was not irregular, according to the Auditor General (AG).

De Lille made her records public to prove she was responsible for paying the home improvements, out of her own money.

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IOL reported the Cape Argus can revealed that the AG, in a management report of the City of Cape Town, explained the money spend upgrades at De Lille’s home was not required to be “disclosed as irregular expenditure because of non-compliance with supply chain management laws and regulations”.

The security gate for her home cost R140139.98, which the City paid for, along with the electric fencing.

Briefly.co.za gathered improvements to the house was needed following mandatory security assessment done by the police.

According to the reports, the budget for the home improvements was R72000, but De Lille turned down the other “excessive” security upgrades to her Pinelands home, confirming City Council Speaker, Dirk Smit’s previous statements that the full amount was not used.

“I have had this house since 1994 and I would like to retire here one day,” De Lille said yesterday. “The house is paid off and I decided some time ago to do some upgrades,” she said.

Regarding the Trellidor security gates, the AG pointed out that by installing other security products, the overall security brief as of the SAPS threat and risk report might have compromised.

The AG added following a competitive process would have necessitated site visits by prospective suppliers to the property, which would have compromised the security of the property by allowing “strangers” temporary access to the property.

“The price is competitive and good value for money in relation to the product installed, and is market related. Although cheaper and inferior products exist, they would not have been suitable to address the security needs.”, the AG stated.

Adding to her evidence, De Lille provided the Cape Argus with a list of bank payments more than R200000, that was used for renovations she personally paid for between 2016 and 2017.

The funds were reportedly used on electric gates, painting, the removal of her pool because of water restrictions, brick paving, extending her study room and converting an open carport into a double garage.

De Lille also build her late mother a granny flat, which was connected to the main house, to live in.

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The Cape Town Mayor is currently facing two probes, one from the DA and another one from by law firm Bowman Gilfillan.

“There were many faceless people who complained and made allegations. At times the there were no dates for the allegations that were made against me,” De Lille said.

The DA’s federal executive will be expected to meet on Sunday to whether they would ask her to resign as mayor.

If they decide De Lille should resign, she would be notified and expected to step down.

However,if De Lille refuses, the federal executive will instruct the City of Cape Town Caucus to support a motion of no in her.

De Lille said she would take the “the appropriate action” if she was asked to go.

Answering a question on Bowman Gilfillan’s report, she said it had numerous factual errors, as well as highly prejudicial “findings”, “conclusions” and “recommendations”.

“Bowman Gilfillan reserved their right to amend the report should any information be brought to their attention which would impact the findings of their report,” she said.

De Lille reportedly wrote a letter, pointing out the factual errors as they related to her.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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