Western Cape ANC lays charges against MEC Plato

2016-05-18 18:45
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Cape Town - The Western Cape ANC on Wednesday laid criminal charges against Community Safety MEC Dan Plato for allegedly breaching his oath of office.

The MEC and an NGO had "orchestrated and co-operated" in the drafting of an affidavit by informant Pierre Mark Anthony Wyngaardt, the party said in a statement. 

In 2012, Wyngaardt reportedly claimed that police and ANC officials had been involved in crimes, such as drug trafficking and money laundering.

Plato was obligated to take the information to the police or the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

"Instead, Plato determined that he would leak the information to embarrass the ANC prior to the national elections in 2014 and now again prior to local elections in 2016," provincial executive committee member Rhoda Bazier said.

She said it was no surprise that the National Prosecuting Authority had declined to prosecute anyone, as Wyngaardt’s allegations were devoid of truth.

Bazier referred to a recorded conversation in which Plato allegedly stated he would use the Wyngaardt affidavit as part of a smear campaign against the ANC on the Cape Flats.

'Links to gangs'

Plato had used the information he obtained, as a result of him holding office, to "manipulate an NGO to compile an affidavit from a known gangster in which he deliberately implicates the ANC".

"The ANC calls on the police, the Hawks and the public protector to investigate whether Plato breached his oath of office and whether anyone should be prosecuted for, including but not limited to, committing perjury, conspiracy to commit perjury, criminal defamation, and defeating the ends of justice."

Plato welcomed the ANC’s "sudden interest in the rule of law, however misguided".

"The affidavits allege corruption and criminal activity within SAPS, as well as the ANC’s political links to gangs," he said.

Plato said his actions in office had always been "above board, transparent and in the best interest of the safety of communities".

"The ANC’s allegations and half-truth concocted conspiracies are a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from how much they feature in the affidavits supplied to my office."

He had, in the past, handed information he received to the authorities and would continue to do so, he said.

"All the recent affidavits and the allegations contained in them are of a serious nature and the Hawks need to be allowed to investigate their contents, as the national minister of police has requested."

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