DA suspends two councillors for allegedly leaking sensitive information to the ANC

2013-12-05 00:00

TWO DA ward councillors in the eThekwini municipality were suspended by the party for allegedly leaking sensitive information to the ANC.

According to the DA, the decision was taken at special sitting of its provincial management committee.

Councillors Ronnie Veeran and Roy Moodley, in Phoenix ward 48 and 49 respectively, were accused of working for the ANC while holding DA positions in the council.

The party announced that Veeran and Moodley were suspended after secretively releasing sensitive information to the ANC. After their suspension, The Witness learnt that negotiations with the ANC have been in progress for the past two months.

It’s alleged that the deal with the ANC was that the two councillors would contest by-elections, and if they lost, the ruling party would take care of them with proportional representation posts.

In the latest by-elections in ward 70 in Chatsworth, the ANC failed to drum up sufficient support.

DA candidate Ismail Cassimjee won with 58% of the votes. His party also laid charges against an ANC member for allegedly contravening the Electoral Act.

DA caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango yesterday said his party was not bitter about the move of Veeran and Moodley.

“They have the right to chose any political party as prescribed by the Constitution.”

Mncwango did not give details of the sensitive information Veeran and Moodley allegedly gave to the ANC.

Veeran was mayoral candidate for the DA in 2011 and was ousted from the exco, together with former caucus leader Tex Collins, after a vote of no confidence was passed.

Yesterday, Veeran admitted that he was moving his political home. He rubbished Mncwango’s claims that he has been working for the ANC behind the scenes. “For me, it’s time to move, change and work for the people. I haven’t signed on the dotted line yet, but the announcement will be made today at a press briefing.”

Moodley said the DA loves to play its political games in the media.

“We haven’t resigned, but they did us a good favour by telling the media.”

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