Jean-Jacques Cornish

Democratic Alliance lays criminal charges against its Cape Town Mayor

The Democratic Alliance has laid bribery and corruption l charges against its Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille.
She denies the allegations and says the party’s determination to get rid of her and taint her name has reached desperate heights.
The latest blow for Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille stems from a businessman alleging  she asked for a five million rand payment for ensuring council approval of a deal involving automatic fire extinguishers ideal for use in informal settlements.
The Democratic Alliance’s James Selfe says the charges were laid after receipt of an affidavit from businessman Andrew Faul.
He waited nearly five years to send the document because he’d been advised he would not be believed is he’d got involved in a legal battle with De Lille .
The Mayor questioned the timing of the charges and asked why Faul had not gone to the police instead of the DA.
She said she had not seen the charges although the DA maintains it handed a copy of them to her lawyers.
She promised to co-operate openly and transparently with the police should they chose to charge her.
Last week, the party also announced a DA motion of no confidence in her will be debated in the Cape Town City Council on February 15.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.