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Councillor Badih Chaaban investigation findings referred to police and disciplinary committee

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Councillor Badih Chaaban investigation findings referred to police and disciplinary committee

by City of Cape Town
10 Aug 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town Speaker, Dirk Smit, has referred information from investigations into the alleged actions of Councillor Badih Chaaban to the South African Police Services [SAPS] and will refer possible contraventions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors in this regard to the Disciplinary Committee of the Council in accordance with the procedures laid down.


The information was referred to SAPS to investigate possible criminal prosecution.

"Councillors of various political parties have reported to me that Councillor Chaaban had offered them money and/or positions in exchange for their political support to wrest control of the City Council from the current DA-led coalition. The City made these allegations known in a media release and conference. The allegations were referred to specialist external investigators, Fivaz and Associates, who are listed service providers to the City, as the City itself does not have this special investigative capacity," Speaker Dirk Smit said.

"The findings of this investigation thus far were submitted to me. After studying them, I regarded the findings as serious enough to refer the matter to SAPS for further criminal investigation as well as an internal process to consider transgressions of the Code of Conduct.

"The internal disciplinary process will start this month. Any comment on the criminal investigation must come from SAPS," the Speaker said.

Media enquiries:

Dirk Smit, Speaker: City of Cape Town. 021 400 1285 or 083 377 0556

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