Senior Democratic Alliance official James Selfe on Thursday rubbished claims by Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille that an investigation into alleged high-level corruption in the city council was an attempt to block spatial transformation policies.
“One of the individuals implicated, Mayor De Lille, has suggested in her public communications that this investigation is an attempt to undermine the DA government’s efforts to spatially integrate Cape Town’s communities,” Selfe said.
“This is patently nonsense, as a basic reading of the documentation shows. The DA’s efforts to integrate Cape Town was a pledge of our 2016 election manifesto, and is a commitment of the entire DA, not one person alone.”
The executive director in De Lille’s office, Graig Kesson, has accused her of seeking to discredit an official who questioned tender irregularities and to suppress a report into losses of up to R43 million incurred in relation to the MyCiti bus service.
Kesson, city manager Achmat Ebrahim, and Melissa Whitehead, the commissioner of the city’s powerful Transport and Urban Development Authority, were asked to provide reasons why they should not be suspended a week ago when the party announced a probe into serious allegations of maladministration.
Among the allegations against Whitehead is one made by Kesson in an explosive affidavit that she tried to sway the outcome of a bid process on developing the incomplete freeway on Cape Town’s foreshore.
Selfe said a council meeting scheduled for Tuesday would decide whether the three would be suspended.
He said a probe by an independent investigator was progressing and would be concluded no later than December 29.
Selfe called on city officials to cooperate with the probe and said those who were making suggestions that the party’s decision to act was based on factionalism were trying to muddy the waters.
“They are nothing more than purposeful misdirection and should be seen as such…the DA regards the matter extremely seriously and we will not allow any sullying of our record as the only party of clean government.”
– African News Agency (ANA)