Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille faces criminal charges over claims she asked for a payment in relation to a potential deal involving fire extinguishers.

According to EWN, De Lille allegedly asked for R5-million from Vanderbijlpark businessman Anthony Faul in 2012.

Faul alleges de Lille told him he stands to make a lot of money from the business venture.

De Lille responded on Twitter on Sunday saying she hadn’t been informed by the SAPS of charges brought against her.

“Should criminal charges have been laid against me, I will cooperate openly and transparently with the SAPS. I deny and reject the reported allegations with the contempt it deserves,” De Lille said.

De Lille questioned why Faul waited five years to come forward, and why he went to the DA instead of the police.

The product is an automatic fire extinguisher and “is ideally suited for informal settlements”, according to the report.

Last week, the DA also announced a motion of no confidence will be debated in the City Council on 15 February.

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