DA MP Van Dyk not guilty

2012-03-20 16:02
Cape Town - A Democratic Alliance internal disciplinary hearing has found MP Manie van Dyk not guilty of bringing the party into disrepute after he claimed about R275 000 for travel expenses, Die Burger reported on Tuesday.

Three of the five disciplinary committee members found in his favour, while two recommended he be found guilty.

Van Dyk was charged with bringing the DA into disrepute by, among others, claiming too much money because he did not use the cheapest transport available and irregularly registering his daughter as a dependent.

Committee chairperson, retired Supreme Court of Appeal judge DG Scott, supported by attorneys Werner Horn and BJ Liebenberg, found there was not enough evidence to find Van Dyk guilty, the newspaper reported.

They found he had travelled by car between Cape Town and Pretoria mainly because he needed a car in both cities and his family did not have enough vehicles.

Thus, he was not guilty of excessive monetary claims in terms of the rules of Parliament.

His daughter had indeed worked as a dance teacher, but it was not proven that she earned more than R980 a month.

Therefore, no finding could be made that she had been irregularly registered as a dependent and had benefited from travel allowances.

The other two committee members, East London city councillor Kevin Mileham and DA MP Stevens Mokgalapa, did not agree.

Mileham wanted to know why, with a salary of R714 000 and travel claim payouts of R275 000, Van Dyk could not buy another car.

Mokgalapa believed Van Dyk should have been found guilty as, among other things, his behaviour was not worthy of a DA MP, Die Burger reported.

The DA declined further comment on the matter on Tuesday.
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