The DA will lay criminal charges against two ANC councillors said to have been involved in the Gangster State book launch disruptions.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced through a statement issued on Wednesday, 10 April 2019, that it will be laying criminal charges against two African National Congress (ANC) ward councillors. The pair is said to have been involved in the disruptions that occurred at Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State book launch in Sandton City on Tuesday evening, 9 April 2019.
The DA called the actions of the protestors ‘thuggish’ and confirmed that the party would be pursuing criminal charges against the two.
“The DA will lay criminal charges against two ANC ward Councillors – Ward 19 Councillor, Alexis Mare and Ward 6 Councillor Mahadi Nkheloane, for violently disrupting the Gangster State book launch in Sandton yesterday. These Councillors can be clearly seen in pictures which have been widely shared on social media.
“This thuggish act is a direct contravention of the Municipal System Act that regulates the conduct of the Councillors. According to the Act, Councillors are expected to perform their duties in good faith (or with a desire to act fairly towards others), honestly, transparently and in the best interests of the municipality,” said the DA.
The party said it would also be writing to the Metsimaholo speaker, councillor Thabo Mabasa, to lodge a complaint and ask him to take action against the two councillors for bringing the council into disrepute.
DA said it would also ensure that the councillors are suspended or removed and said that these actions were an indication of the lengths the ANC was willing to take to silence the truth.
“Their behaviour is a clear indication of how far the ANC is willing to go in silencing the truth, they are desperately trying to hide the unmasking of the alleged state captor Ace Magashule, who brought the Free State to its knees. This is consistent with Magashule’s thinking, that disrupting the launches and burning the book will deflect people’s focus from the explosive allegations of State Capture,” read the statement.