Parties slam former Buffalo City mayor’s house arrest sentence

By Drum Digital
29 September 2016

Opposition parties voiced their mixed feelings following the three-year house arrest sentence given to former Buffalo City mayor Zukisa Faku

By Aphiwe Boyce

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In the process, she automatically loses her position in parliament.

Faku was found guilty of misusing the municipal credit card to buy perfumes, sunglasses and other luxury items during a trip to Turkey back in 2009. While she was there, Faku purchased a leather jacket at R4 157, clothing for R875 from Hotic-Beyoglu store, an item at R4 527 from Selv KonfeksSvon and clothing from Iamaii Akkurt for R280.

Upon her return, Faku again used the card to purchase goods at Edgars valued at R1 306.85, A&D Spitz valued at R795 and Sun Goddess stores in Sandton, Johannesburg valued at R2 500. She purchased goods to the valued of R500 at Red Square in Vincent Park, East London.

In March this year, the East London magistrate’s court found her guilty and convicted her on nine counts of fraud.  The Daily Dispatch newspaper reported that the court said Faku abused her position of trust as the executive mayor.

Speaking to DRUM on Tuesday, DA Chief Whip in the National Assembly, John Steenhuisen said they were not surprised.

“We expect the ANC to do the right thing by removing her as a member of the house. If they are not doing that, we will take the matter to ethics committee in parliament.”

United Democratic Movement (UDM) Eastern Cape spokesperson, Mabandla Gogo said the sentence was a slap on the wrist. “We are shocked at this sentence; our justice system is not serious about curbing crime in this country. They have wasted public resources and time.  If we had our way we would go to court for the review of the sentence. This person will be sitting at home playing with her children and grandchildren,” Gogo said.

He added that for someone who has misused public funds, a jail sentence was appropriate.

ANC Spokesman in Parliament Moloto Mothapo said they will look at the judgment and sentencing before they take any decision. “We will read it, read parliamentary rules and act accordingly,” Mothapo said.

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