ANC councillor could be sacked for allegedly pointing a gun at community member

2015-10-28 21:41
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Cape Town - ANC councillor Elese Depoutch could be expelled for allegedly pointing a firearm at an elderly female two years ago.

During a full sitting on Wednesday, the City of Cape Town council voted in favour of local government MEC Anton Bredell removing him from office.

It was not known when Bredell would decide on the matter.

After a protracted disciplinary hearing, the council’s disciplinary committee had found the Nyanga ward councillor guilty of contravening the councillor’s code of conduct.

It recommended he be fired.

Residents alleged that he pointed a firearm at Vuyiswa Ngqotywa after a meeting in Nyanga over the Boystown Phase 1 Housing Project, in January 2013.

"This is not the first time the councillor has been accused of pointing a gun at the member of the community," DA councillor Anthea Serritslev said on Wednesday.

Depoutch denied the allegations at the time.

The ANC’s Xolani Sotashe accused the DA of conducting a "kangaroo court" and asked why the complainant had not reported the matter to police.

Fellow councillor Tony Ehrenreich claimed the disciplinary report was focused on process and had very little substance.

In response, DA councillor Stuart Pringle said Depoutch’s evidence "fell short, was contradictory and never corroborated".

He said the complainant "cried during her testimony" and "was clearly petrified to testify".

"There was no reason to doubt her testimony," Pringle added.

Speaker Dirk Smit said a criminal case would be opened after council’s decision.

Council also voted in favour of National Party councillor Achmat Williams being issued with a formal warning.

After a recommendation by the disciplinary committee, it found him guilty of contravening the code of conduct by pleading guilty to two counts of fraud last year.

A court sentenced him to seven years imprisonment, suspended for five years.

After an argument ensued on Wednesday afternoon, the opposition walked out before votes were cast for Williams’s matter.

Minutes later, FF Plus councillor Andre Fourie walked back to his seat and briefly placed his hands in a loose throttling position around DA councillor Belinda Walker’s neck.

He then walked back to his seat amid shouts and some councillors confronting him. It was unclear what the circumstances behind the interaction were.

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