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Speaker to investigate possible Breach of Conduct by Councillors

by City of Cape Town
24 Apr 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The Speaker of the City Council, Mr Dirk Smit, will investigate the conduct of three City Councillors after media reports and a court ruling about a reported employment offer in the City Administration to Councillor Achmat Williams.


Following an internal legal investigation, three Councillors, Joseph Mcgluwa (ID), Leon Van Rensburg (DA) and Achmat Williams (ID), will be provided with the findings of the investigation and given a chance to respond. Should this process suggest a breach of the Code of Conduct for Councillors, a formal disciplinary hearing will follow.

Following the front page article that appeared in the Cape Argus on 30 March 2007, "Cash deal over rebel Councillor - R80 000.00 and cushy job to buy seat", advocate Barnie Botha, legal adviser in the office of the Speaker, undertook a thorough investigation. The Speaker has studied this report and announced his conclusions and further steps.

The Speaker states: "There is prima facie evidence that they have possibly contravened Item 2 and/or 11 of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and possibly other legislation. In order to comply with the rules of natural justice, the procedure set out in the Code to deal with alleged breaches will now be followed. I, therefore, do not wish to comment further on the conduct of these three councillors."

The Speaker's report was submitted to the MEC for Local Government, Mr Richard Dyantyi.

In his report, the Speaker states that Executive Mayor Helen Zille acted correctly at all times in the matter. There is no evidence to implicate her in any irregularities or suggest a possible breach of the Code of Conduct. "I find her integrity beyond reproach in this".

"Individuals in the DA and ID such as Mr K Morkel and Councillor Mcgluwa through their actions in entering into the attached Undertaking have created the impression which could be interpreted by the public that irregular appointments in the employ of the City of Cape Town are the order of the day.

"Actions such as this and also the attached Agreement, which was made an order of court by Judge President Hlope compromise the good reputation and the integrity of the City Council and I wish to repudiate it.

"I want to state emphatically that there is no evidence that any official and/or leader of the DA and ID in the Council have been part of this unacceptable behaviour and dealings," the Speaker's report states.

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MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 114/2007
23 APRIL 2007


ISSUED BY:
DIRECTORATE: COMMUNICATION AND MARKETING
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400-2201
FAX: 021 957-0023

MEDIA QUERIES:
DIRK SMIT
SPEAKER
TEL: 021 400-1285
CELL: 083 377 0556


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