DA ordered to reinstate suspended Nelson Mandela Bay councillor

FEBRUARY 26, 2016

The Port Elizabeth High Court has ordered the Democratic Alliance (DA) to reinstate councillor Knight Mali after he was suspended for bringing the party into disrepute.

The DA, however, said a disciplinary process involving Mali had not been concluded.

In a letter to the media, Mali said he had been vindicated by the courts. He said the High Court order confirmed the DA had embarked on a "malicious and blatant" plot to oust him due to his stance on racism.

“Indeed the court has agreed to restore my DA membership which is accompanied by my PR councillor seat of Nelson Mandela Bay Council,” he said.

Mali said since he become a DA councillor he had been concerned with the party’s stance on racism.

“I considered these issues to be in conflict with the principles and the ethos of our democratic constitution... It has been necessary on many occasions for me to raise these issues within the DA structures," he said.

Deal decisively with racism

"I always advocated that these matters must be dealt with decisively. Unfortunately, instead I have been persecuted by the DA’s leadership on as many occasions,” he said.

Mali had earlier expressed his outrage when UDM councillor Mongameli Bobani was called a ‘bobbejaan’ (baboon) by Nelson Mandela Bay DA councillor Chris Roberts.

Mali said instead of dealing with the issues of racism, the DA leadership nationally and regionally had embarked on a campaign against him for taking a firm stand against the ‘ugly evil’ of racism within its ranks.

DA MP Kevin Mileham said, “The DA notes the content of Mali’s statement. We wish to place on record that the disciplinary process involving Mali is not concluded and he is facing serious charges, among other things bringing the party into disrepute.”

When News24 asked Mileham to discuss the court order, he said the DA would not engage in a debate with Mali via the media. 

Mali’s lawyer, Liane Koorsse, said the party was also ordered to pay Mali’s application costs.



Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/da-ordered-to-reinstate-suspended-nelson-mandela-bay-councillor-20160225