Activist to lay complaint after MEC’s ‘asshole’ comment

2014-04-30 10:25

A community activist is expected to lodge a complaint against Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle who allegedly called him an “asshole” in an e-mail.

Colin Arendse will lodge a complaint of misconduct with Western Cape legislature speaker Richard Majola, The Star reported today.

According to the report, Arendse wrote to Carlisle on Saturday and accused him of illegally awarding tenders to a company, Filcon Projects, that had previously received government tenders before filing for liquidation this month.

The men exchanged several e-mails.

Carlisle reportedly addressed Arendse: “Dear Asshole. Check the article. I never said that. Regards.”

Arendse replied: “Your belligerent, crass and arrogant retort below is out of keeping with the oath of office that you took when being sworn in as an MPL. You are an embarrassment to our nation.”

Arendse told the Star he felt aggrieved by Carlisle’s remark because he used the term in his official capacity.

Carlisle told the newspaper he had received several derogatory and untrue remarks from Arendse for a number of years.

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