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DA welcomes arrest of two ANC Councillors over RDP house fraud

May 24, 2018
DA welcomes arrest of two ANC Councillors over RDP house fraud

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Thursday said that it welcomes the recent arrest of two African National Congress (ANC) Councillors at the Walter Sisulu Municipality on charges of fraud.

Apparently, on Monday, these two ANC Councillors were arrested by the Hawks after allegedly pocketing R150 000 from the 2016 sale of a Aliwal North RDP house. A third accused, who has now turned state witness, helped the Councillors sell the house after their assistance was requested by the owner.

The R150 000 was paid into the account of the state witness and then allegedly withdrawn by the councillors. The owner of the house was blissfully unaware of this and then sold the house to someone else.

"Where the ANC governs, criminality is rife and nowhere is this more evident than in the Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (WSLM)," said Matthee Nel, a DA Councillor at the Walter Sisulu Local Municipality.

"The ANC’s attitude towards criminality in their ranks is further highlighted by the fact that the Speaker of Council, Kholekile Lange, was also arrested by the Hawks in 2017 on charges of fraud and theft.

"It’s clear that the ANC caucus of the Walter Sisulu Local Municipality are only there for self-enrichment and not to serve the communities who voted them into power."

Nel said that the DA is demanding that the ANC publicly condemns the actions of its Councillors and take disciplinary steps against them within their appropriate structures.

"It is unacceptable that the well-being of the residents of the municipality must play second fiddle to the greed of those who govern them."