Former Buffalo City mayor loses MP job after fraud conviction

2016-09-28 21:55

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Cape Town – Former Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality mayor Zukisa Faku has lost her job as an MP after she was sentenced to three years for fraud.

The ANC will now start the process of filling the vacancy, chief whip Jackson Mthembu said on Wednesday.

Faku was sentenced to three years' house arrest by the Eastern London Regional Court for fraud and theft on Tuesday.

She had been facing charges related to her use of the municipal credit card to by sunglasses, perfumes and other items in 2010 during an overseas trip.

This was while she was Buffalo City mayor.

"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. We agree with the judge in the case that the conduct of Comrade Faku, which includes abuse of municipal credit card when she was Buffalo City mayor, was abusive of her position of trust," Mthembu said on Wednesday.

The party accepted the judgment and would ensure that it was fully implemented. 

According to the Constitution, an MP automatically loses their membership of the House if convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment without an option of a fine.

Faku was found guilty and convicted on nine counts of fraud in March.

She was sentenced on Tuesday and will also have to do community service. 

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