18 May 2017
The DA has given a final warning to the Speaker of the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, Elizabeth Johnson, to initiate new proceedings to lawfully elect a ward committee for ward one in Sol Plaatje. New information came to light proving, once again, that the municipality deliberately manipulated processes to achieve a predetermined outcome.
A nominee for the ward committee election was disqualified by Sol Plaatje on the basis of an alleged criminal record. This came as quite a surprise to Mr. Loff, who has never been convicted of a crime. His subsequent query at the South African Police Services confirms that he has no criminal record. We have the written proof from the SAPS Criminal Record Centre.
It is unacceptable that the municipality uses false information to deprive any individual of his or her right to participate in the democracy of our country. We question how the municipality arrived at the conclusion that Mr. Loff had a criminal record when the SAPS Criminal Record Centre confirms that he does not.
It is not for a municipal official beholden to the ANC to decide whether or not Mr. Loff will serve on the ward committee. That is the right of the residents of the ward. Mr. Loff has the right to be a nominee, he fulfils all of the requirements, and it is up to the residents to decide. Because Mr. Loff has been deprived of his constitutional right to participate in this country’s democracy, we will also be approaching the South African Human Rights Commission.
We have previously highlighted our concerns about the serious irregularities of the ward committee elections held in April. There was nothing free or fair about that election. The fact that nominees have been culled from the list on baseless allegations and false information further proves our point.
The Speaker must immediately call for a new election or she will face the consequences.
DA Provincial Leader in the Northern Cape
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