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Mnqasela to plead not guilty

2012-01-24 14:06

Johannesburg - Democratic Alliance MP Masizole Mnqasela will plead not guilty to six charges of misconduct filed by the party, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Sowetan newspaper reported that Mnqasela would make his plea when he appears before the DA's federal legal commission next week.

"I am consulting my legal team tomorrow [Tuesday] and I will address a press conference to state my case," he said.

In a statement released on Monday, Mnqasela said the charges were "hilarious and a desperate attempt [by the DA] to suffocate divergent views".

During the campaign for DA parliamentary spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko last year, Mnqasela allegedly said she was not black enough to attract African voters to the party.

"If you close your eyes and listen to Lindiwe Mazibuko when she speaks, you would say a white person is talking to you," he reportedly said.

DA leader Helen Zille said Mnqasela's conduct and utterances were not in line with the policies of the party.

Mnqasela said the charges were a fabrication and smear campaign against him.

"I am of the strong conviction that these charges are a basket of a wishlist determined by those who crafted them to terminate democratic political activity and sound reasoning with the Democratic Alliance," he said.

"I also believe they are designed to silence any contestation for positions in the future, within a party aptly named after this grand institution of political system."

Comments
  • Myancmyfuture - 2012-01-24 14:14

    The DA version of JUJU

      procold2 - 2012-01-24 14:25

      good, the DA will handle this within a week not like the road show at luthuli house

      Deon - 2012-01-24 14:53

      Yes they can do without him, his own past is not so clean (being called a rapist in parliament).

  • jensuffhaus - 2012-01-24 14:46

    "If you close your eyes and listen to Lindiwe Mazibuko when she speaks, you would say a EDUCATED person is talking to you."

  • Rob - 2012-01-24 14:48

    If Masizole's quotations are indeed what he said he seems to have a very poor grasp of syntax. Is he competing for the DA jester's position?

  • Archie - 2012-01-24 15:14

    This hearing will be free and fair and of short endurance,no bulls##t and show boating by the DA seniors.I vote for DA, mnqasela go start your own party this one is to honest for you

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-24 15:24

    Off you close your eyes and listen to this idiot you would say it's a halfwit talking.

  • TamaraSays - 2012-01-24 15:41

    Good for you DA. Show them how it's done! If the man does not follow the guidelines set down by the party, he shouldn't be in the party. It really is that simple. As for the racist comments about Lindiwe - what a CHOP!

  • Phillip Havenga - 2012-01-24 15:47

    Mnqasela sounds like a complete idiot, the DA will be better off without the likes of him.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-24 21:03

    This guy sounds like a racist to me. But look now: "I am consulting my legal team tomorrow [Tuesday] and I will address a press conference to state my case," Legal team...press conference... This is basically what I have against politicians. Wasting so much time, money and energy ON THEMSELVES, and their PARTIES. Bugger the people. Look at the ANC. How much time, energy and money do they not waste ALL THE TIME. The centenary celebrations, the ANCYL thing and now the upcoming Mangaung conference. They are busy with this FULL STEAM and it is ONLY for the benefit of the PARTY. Call me Mr. D. Politicize or Antie Party, but we seriously must get this country into gear by getting rid of politicians and political parties.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-24 21:22

    OKAY! I admit it! I am a Zulu! I dont know anything but Zuma is the best! So I can eat as much pap at the canteen as I want!! I am rich! I am cleffa! I am ANC!!!

  • andile.somashini - 2012-03-28 14:38

    nkokheli they stiil buzy to silent u bcoz ur young blck, brilliant and out spoken politian.i believe this is just another plot to dirty yo good name, keep on fighting we supprt u.

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