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De Lille: I paid for trip to memorial service

Updated: 11:31 13-04-2018

Mayor Patricia de Lille says that she personally paid for her trip to the Free State this week to attend an Economic Freedom Fighters-organised memorial for Winnie Madikizlea-Mandela.

"I just want to assure everyone that I've not used anything from the City of Cape Town [for the trip]. I paid for myself. The city will only pay for me when I go on official business… I went there in my personal capacity."

Eyebrows were raised when she appeared at the service held in Brandfort. De Lille says that she was asked by the late African National Congress (ANC) stalwart's family to speak.

She's bemoaned the fact the issue has been raised.

"It is my culture to attend a memorial service. If people want to make it a side issue, I think it is very disrespectful to Mama Winnie Mandela to now make an issue of me attending a memorial service… I can attend a memorial service anywhere or of any person that has fallen." 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that she should have informed the party first, as a courtesy.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, De Lille said she went to honour her friend for whom she has great respect and regards as a sister.

A former MP herself, De Lille says Madikizela-Mandela was a special colleague of hers.

Source: EWN Published: 07:30 13-04-2018

Posted by on April 13, 2018.

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Updated: 01:32 20-Apr-2018