Former East London Mayor under house arrest for fraud

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Former Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Executive Mayor, Zukisa Faku, who had been redeployed to the National Assembly by the African National Congress (ANC) will now lose her Parliamentary seat after the East London Magistrate's Court sentenced her to three years house arrest for fraud.

The former Mayor also has to do community service.

In March this year, the court had convicted her of nine counts of fraud after she allegedly misused the municipal credit card to buy perfumes and other personal luxuries during an official trip to Turkey in 2010..

“The ANC respects and accepts the judgment of the court and will ensure that it is implemented fully,” Jackson Mthembu, chief whip of the ANC in Parliament, told the media.

“In terms of Section 47 of the Constitution, an MP automatically loses membership of the House if she or he is ‘convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment without an option of a fine’.”

He said that the ANC would immediately start the process of finding Faku’s replacement - adding that the party agreed with the court that Faku had abused her position.

“Corruption is a cancer that eats away our moral fibre as society and represents a serious onslaught against the public confidence in its public representatives.”