Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile has opened a case of crimen iniuria against Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Ms Mandisa Mashego and her organization.
Accompanied by his lawyer, Mashudu Tshivhase, Maile opened a crimen injuria case against Mashego on Monday morning for publicly claiming, without evidence, that the MEC and others benefited money reportedly meant for Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP).
Maile says “Her accusations were not only about hogging news headlines, but to cast aspersions on my character, integrity and standing in society.”
MEC Maile has decided to sue Ms Mandisa Mashego for defamation of character on the basis that her insinuations have compromised his standing and reputation in society.
“Her well calculated malicious and inflammatory allegations might fuel community anger and undermine the safety of myself and extended family” continued MEC Maile.
Maile is part of the African National Congress leadership collective in Gauteng that has demonstrated ethical leadership and clean governance.
“In all the portfolios I have been entrusted to lead in the provincial government we always received clean audits, and put strong systems to fight corruption, said MEC Maile.
Furthermore, MEC Maile said “taking legal action against Ms Mashego is no by any means a tactic to suppress or intimidate her. But it is to use a competent court of law to clear my name from any allegations of wrong doing and expose her odious lies”.