De Lille denies disclosing source

2014-07-25 05:00
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Thursday denied disclosing to the media the source of a dossier alleging corruption in the multi-billion rand arms deal.

Jennifer Cane, for the department of defence, asked De Lille if she was familiar with a newspaper article in which it was reported that she attributed the contents of her arms deal dossier to a man named Bheki Jacobs.

Jacobs died in 2008, she said.

The article, said Cane, showed that De Lille revealed Jacobs as the man behind the arms deal dossier to journalists at his funeral.

De Lille was at the funeral in September 2008 where she was interviewed by journalists regarding his life, said Cane.

"You attributed much of the information in the dossier to Bheki Jacobs, according to the article," said Cane.

De Lille denied the allegation, and insisted on being given a few minutes to go through the article before she could respond fully.

After reading the article, De Lille said the sentence in the report, in which Jacobs was stated as the source of the dossier, was not attributed to her.

"The article does not attribute that to me, but to a source... it says he was the source of the dossier, I didn't say that," she said.

Cane quoted De Lille in the article: "He [Jacobs] has done a lot, he was just protecting his country, he wanted to see his country succeed."

Cane said she wondered why De Lille denied the link to Jacobs.

"The only reason for you attending the funeral was to pay your last respects to Jacobs... he helped his country as you said. You had words to speak about him but deny any link of you to him."

Throughout the hearing on Thursday, De Lille reiterated she did not compile the dossier, but that it was given to her by a group of ANC MPs.

She merely wanted the allegations in the dossier to be investigated, she said. She told the commission she would never reveal who the dossier came from.

Statement withdrawn

Earlier, De Lille withdrew a statement she made that officials lied to politicians regarding job creation figures through the multi-billion rand arms deal offsets.

"I withdraw the statement that it was a lie. The 55 000 jobs were the projections. I withdraw the earlier statement," she said.

She told the commission that she did not have the actual figures, and that what she had before her were projections.

She was being cross-examined by the legal representative for the department of trade and industry.

The commission finished hearing De Lille's evidence on Thursday.

De Lille was the initial whistle-blower in Parliament regarding the arms deal, and in 1999 called for an investigation.

The commission, chaired by Judge Willie Seriti, was appointed by President Jacob Zuma three years ago to investigate alleged corruption in the country's multi-billion rand arms procurement deal in 1999.

The commission adjourned until 5 and 6 August when DA MP David Maynier is expected to give his testimony.

Maynier, who was scheduled to testify on Friday, asked for a two-week extension.

Read more on:    willie seriti  |  patricia de lille  |  pretoria  |  arms deal

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.