Exonerated for alleged ‘BREACH OF CONDUCT’

2015-07-02 06:00

A DEMOCRATIC Alliance councillor, who was accused by Hibiscus Coast Municipality for an alleged breach of the code of conduct, was recently exonerated by the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs­, Nomsa Dube-Ncube.

In November 2013, Peter Naudé was ordered by HCM to pay a fine for not declaring his wife’s shareholding in a company which had been awarded a contract by the municipality.

The fine was R15 000, of which R9 000 was suspended and an ad hoc committee was established to investigate further­.

Naudé however, appealed and was vindicated.

“I am relieved. It’s been 18 months and I’m glad this is over. It was a politically motivated move by the ANC to discredit the DA,” he said.

He expected the matter to be discussed at a council meeting this Tuesday however, this did not happen.

The MEC also found that the municipal manager who chaired the committee conducting the investigation which was in contravention of item 41 (1) of the Code of Conduct.

She said evidence against Naudé did not support a conviction and there was no duty on him to declare the interest of a wife, but only to disclose his wife’s interest when he first became aware of it.

“I am satisfied that the evidence, which the committee and the council relied on to secure the conviction and impose the sanction, was substantially insufficient to do so. I uphold your appeal and set both the conviction and sanction aside,” she said.

When asked whether an apology would be made to Naudé, Simon April, municipal spokesperson, said the matter will be discussed at a council meeting in July.

“I AM SATISFIED THAT THE EVIDENCE, WHICH THE COMMITTEE AND THE COUNCIL RELIED ON TO SECURE THE CONVICTION AND IMPOSE THE SANCTION, WAS SUBSTANTIALLY INSUFFICIENT TO DO SO

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