De Lille's bribery accuser: ‘It's true, it's really true’
Businessman says he has no hidden agenda
The man at the centre of a R5-million bribery claim against Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille denied on Monday that he had a hidden agenda.
In an interview with Times Select, Anthony Faul said he was not the one who leaked his affidavit to the Democratic Alliance, at a time when De Lille is fighting for her political survival.
He said it was “expected” that he would be attacked for the timing of the release of his affidavit.
“I would not put myself and my family at any possible jeopardy with something that’s not true. I’m not stupid; I’m a very well educated man. I would not say something that’s not true and would jeopardise myself or my family,” said Faul.
De Lille herself has cast suspicion over his claims, saying in an interview with Cape Talk radio on Monday morning that Faul was close to the DA’s Guy Harris.
Harris has denied this.
The affidavit was drafted on January 30 this year but the alleged bribe happened in January 2013.Faul said his affidavit “made its way to the DA” but he did not initially draft it for the party.
He claims in the affidavit that De Lille had sought R5-million for endorsing his product – a fire extinguisher that he was marketing to use in informal settlements in the city. When he refused to pay‚ the endorsement was allegedly withdrawn.
On Monday morning, De Lille and DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe were interviewed on CapeTalk radio.
When asked about the complainant, De Lille said: “Anthony Faul has got friends in the DA. He’s a good friend of Guy Harris. That is where their other connection with the DA stems from.”
But Harris told Times Select that De Lille’s team must have given her the wrong information.
“Personally, I’m not a friend of his. I think that one of her people must have Googled Faull with two ‘L’s’. I do have a connection with a person with that same first name but a different surname,” he said.
The affidavit now forms part of a DA inquiry into De Lille who is being accused of misconduct alongside other city officials.Faul, a businessman from Vanderbijl Park in Gauteng, said he had no connection to the party nor any of its members.
“I’ve reported it, not to the DA. She thinks I’ve reported it to the DA. She’s wrong. I did not report it to the DA initially and whether it was thereafter referred to them that may be so but that’s it,” he said.
Faul said the city was initially very interested in his fire extinguishing product – essentially a ball that deploys a fire retardant substance when it is activated by flames.
His affidavit claims that De Lille called him from a private number and ensured him a R20-million contract if he would pay R5-million into an account belonging to one of her family members.
“Everybody in government wants to offer bribes. Everybody. How much is in it for me!? How much is in it for me!? How much will I get!? How much will I get!? It’s the first thing they ask. I said sorry, I don’t pay anything and then suddenly all interest dies,” he said.“It happens all the time, everybody wants a piece of the pie. They want to inflate things, I said, I’m not going to inflate things for you,” said Faul.
He had no supporting evidence of the event and realised it was his word against De Lille’s.
But he remained confident that “a lot of things” will come out.
“In the end a lot of things will come out, and whether it’s true or not will depend on a lot of factors. I can’t predict what’s going to happen there. It’s going to be an eye opener I believe,” he said.