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DA councillor to be investigated

2013-02-08 22:05

Johannesburg - A DA councillor in the Western Cape who received a municipal transport allowance despite not having a valid driver's licence will be investigated, the party said on Friday.

"The Speaker of Eden Municipality will launch an investigation into the allegations against councillor [Tertius] Simmers," DA Western Cape spokesperson Liza Albrecht said in a statement.

"If Mr Simmers is found guilty, the DA in the Western Cape will take the necessary steps."

The Times reported on Friday that it emerged that Simmers did not have a licence after he was arrested outside the council's offices in George for failing to produce a licence when stopped by traffic officers.

Albrecht said Simmers admitted to not having a valid driver's licence at the time.

"However, the travelling and subsistence policy for councillors in the Eden Municipality makes no mention of a valid driver’s licence as a prerequisite for a travel allowance," she said.

Council speaker Doris Nayler told the newspaper the councillors - even those without a driver's licence - were getting a monthly transport allowance.

The ANC alleged that it was illegal for councillors to receive transport allowances when they did not have a valid driver's licence.

Simmers told The Times he was being targeted by people within the council's administration because he had "exposed corruption", even within his own party.

Comments
  • karen.styane.9 - 2013-02-08 22:07

    Shoch horror !! If only the ANC could aspire to such light infringements!

      mapepaki - 2013-02-09 07:41

      This person has to get to work, so whether he is travels by train or bus he should get a travel allowanceice, adjusted to his mode of transport, you don't give to some and not others. Don't sacrifice the man to keep a squeaky clean image. If he has his own car and hasn't a drivers license then it's an admin fault, because they should have called for a copy of his drivers license.

      DerekMain - 2013-02-09 08:05

      @eslin - Interesting! Was he found guilty in a court of law or was this just a smear campaign?

      mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-09 14:57

      This is nothing compare to billions of rand that disappear all the time under ANC leadership, however ANC supporters majority of them are suffering and they still dont see, and worse , they come here on news24 to show support for their ANC corruption. DA is way much better than ANC, the ANC is corrupt from top to bottom, its disaster!

      TSR01 - 2013-02-09 21:43

      Looks like /EVERYONE/ forgot to read the little part in the article stating: '"However, the travelling and subsistence policy for councillors in the Eden Municipality makes no mention of a valid driver’s licence as a prerequisite for a travel allowance," [...]' It was never "illegal" or a requirement to have a valid driver's license. What about if you take the bus? You still need a travel fund to get to and from work? Or did logic just do a swan dive off the cliff of sanity???? "The ANC alleged that it was illegal for councillors to receive transport allowances when they did not have a valid driver's licence." ANC makes false allegations if it casts eyes away from their wrongdoings, but they always do that, even when its completely unfounded, or a waste of taxpayer's money, like when Zuma tried sueing Zapiro for defamation, or that guy who "ALLEGEDLY" (like now) spilled his drink on Zuma. Both cases were escalated, but eventually withdrawn - RED HERRINGS! FISHY! ANC is a disease, an illness, a parasite!

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-08 22:16

    Wow corruption starts small . should DA rule corruption Will still be rife

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-08 22:30

      But note, Tlotlo, when there's a whiff of a problem in the DA, THE DA INVESTIGATES; it doesn't brush it under the carpet.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-08 22:37

      Tlotlo, it is not corruption - 1stly a prerequisite was not for the person to have a license. Yes, the fact that he drove without a license is certainly punishable, but say the person did not drive - he still had to get around to where he needed to be. A transport allowance in this instance seems like it says "transport allowance" not driving yourself allowance. My view only.....

      Jesus - 2013-02-08 23:44

      Tlotlo it is not rule. The correct wording is govern!

      grimble.grumble.98 - 2013-02-09 13:17

      I suppose Zuma has personally checked all ANC members driving licenses?

  • hein.huyser - 2013-02-08 22:16

    Eish, everyone knows the cANCer will do anything to tarnish anybody and everyone opposing them. Why even attempt anything but toe the line 100%, all the time. Just a pity they are blind to R675BILLION of taxes stolen by their comrades and one don't hear a squeeck from anyone of them. A bit two faced, but that is to be expected

  • womba.wonder - 2013-02-08 22:29

    He must pay it all back, plus interest. And have his allowance suspended for a further 12 months, during which time he must use his own car and his own petrol for doing all his council work. He must not have any access to any vehicle in the council fleet or any taxi chits.

      TSR01 - 2013-02-09 21:50

      Why? Its not illegal, the ANC is just poking the wasp's nest again to get a rise out of the DA and the public. All councillors have always received travel allowances to get to and from work - whether they take trains, taxi's, buses or their own vehicle, makes no difference. How else do you think people get around? Walk? Cycle? There is an allowance for councillors who have to travel with regard to work related matters - going places, seeing people, etc. (like I said, if he has to use that money on taxi's, so be it) Bottom line, if you read the full article, is that it is being investigated, because the ANC are sore losers who hate being under public scrutiny, and the DA will never let the ANC make slanderous false accusations without proving the DA has spotless integrity (remember when Madonsela, the Public Protector, was requested to do an investigation on the Chapman's Peak tender and the DA, and how it came up perfectly valid? Its like that) The ANC shouldn't throw stones, they look stupider each time they do it.

      BobM6389 - 2013-02-09 22:27

      Are you saying that because he does not have a drivers licence he does not have transport or travel costs???

  • RudiErnst - 2013-02-08 23:01

    Fire this twit. He is an embarrassment.

      Erna - 2013-02-09 00:03

      And the minister who bought her licence; and the mayor with the impossible petrol claim; and the members of parliament who were involved in the travelgate scam. Remember, what's good for the goose is good for the gander!

      nanna.whitehead - 2013-02-09 00:10

      Then fire goverment

  • lydonmcg - 2013-02-08 23:24

    Pity. But at least they're doing something about it. That alone is a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately we'll never have a corruption-free government.

  • makhanthisa.mastert - 2013-02-08 23:30

    Simmers said he was being targeted because he exposed corruption within DA, i thot there was no corruption within the best of the best DA.

      Jesus - 2013-02-08 23:47

      And I guess there is no corruption in the ANC? Or and other party for that matter.

      makhanthisa.mastert - 2013-02-09 00:02

      DA supporters talks about corruption as if it does not exist within their party, they talk about it as if is something that only exists within the ANC.

      patrick.mettle.7 - 2013-02-09 05:27

      DA will take action unlike cANCer. Allocating a travel allowance to someone without a drivers license and trying to get a national crises out of it compared to a President who steals millions and his supporters protecting him. Very, very different wouldn't u agree. I bet not.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-02-09 08:22

      I guess if you 'take action' then corruption is OK!!! Mnxm, silly people!

  • Erna - 2013-02-08 23:59

    What is the anc complaining about? The fact that he is getting a travel allowance, which seems to be acceptable, or the fact that he is driving without a licence? I wonder how many anc councillors all over the country get travel allowances without having a licence? What about the minister who bought her licence and the mayor whose petrol claim is so high that he must be driving 24 hours a day! Don't see much happening to them.

      Ronald - 2013-02-09 08:30

      This is the best they could come up with against the DA after the Travel Scam the ANC parliamentary members and ministers were involved with a fwe years ago. Millions were stolen and not one single prosecution of ANC member took place. Only the travel companies fronting the invoices were nailed.

  • chaze.damonze - 2013-02-09 00:11

    I'm glad they investigating. not just sweeping it under the carpet and dancing to songs about machine guns infront of crowds of mentally challenged vuvuzelas

      chaze.damonze - 2013-02-09 09:32

      This isn't step up, your worth is not proved by dancing, its by your actions and rape and corruption is not a good way to prove it. Okay?

      DerekMain - 2013-02-09 09:36

      Really pathetic when election campaigns depend on who dances better! Phantsi cANCer, phantsi!!!

  • terence.wessels - 2013-02-09 00:21

    Jis that's pety. I just wasted a minute of my time ill never get back

  • Katlego Iggy - 2013-02-09 01:24

    what is the meaning transport allowances,,

  • arthur.motsamai - 2013-02-09 02:34

    Holy DA members r mum on dis, what do we cal dis selective justice? What do this i hear about dis DA crook exposing corruption within DA? Shockin i thought they were clean! Shut up madam an enjoy your money while ur 2 tea gals clean!

      gwvickers - 2013-02-09 02:48

      Speak english or do do need lessons on how to type to prick

      patrick.mettle.7 - 2013-02-09 05:18

      The silence is confidence that the DA will take appropriate action after investigation. The silence is also opposite to cANCer supporters who would shout, march and destroy property to Keep a corrupt councillor, PRESIDENT or sports person. And of course, the silence is due to the pathetic attempt at trying to find corruption of a few thousand rand compared to the millions of your esteemed leader.

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-09 06:18

      ANC +R230m / DA a drivers license, wow!!!! Compere

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-02-09 05:13

    So lets just safely say all Politicians are liars are all corrupt, there's no political party that can say are Clean, so we can point fingers call each other names but your party is also corrupt and the will never be one thats

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-02-09 05:16

    clean, so as we all know the culture by now the person in question must resign or the madam must suspend that person pending and investigation!!!

      Erna - 2013-02-09 06:36

      Why don't you give the 'madam' a chance? The huge difference between the anc and DA is that action will be taken.

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-09 06:01

    This proves that all political parties are dirty, so if corruption is the base supporting or not supporting any party, then people will keep ending with egg in their face, corruption is a global problem, same with strikes, protests, unemployment and crime. Let's measure on progressive performance

  • Erna - 2013-02-09 06:26

    And their day is made! Finally something rotten on a DA official that the anc comrades on News24 can add to the DA toilet saga. And I agree - if he knowingly got a transport allowance which he isn't entitled to he must be disciplined because it amounts to fraud. HOWEVER, compared to the hundreds of thousands the mayor in the Free State claimed for petrol; the minister who bought her licence; the travelgate scam; to name but three incidents which spring to mind immediately, this is nothing. PLUS the DA is addressing the problem immediately, unlike the anc!

  • allan.rosenberg.752 - 2013-02-09 06:29

    Come now Tersius, spill da beans . Never mind about not having a license, more than half of SA are driving with illegal drivers licenses. We are more interested in knowing what irregularities you have sniffed out within the DA party.

  • Joe FS ZA - 2013-02-09 06:33

    I wonder how many ANC councillors also do not have valid drivers lisence as most of them are illiterate. Oops I forgot, they bought theirs from corrupt traffic officials.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-02-09 08:56

      You dnt seem very competent also, mr 'Lisence' !!

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-02-09 06:36

    Arther go nack to school and learn to spell. And then work in my garden. Dumb ass.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-02-09 09:12

      And he must take you with him, you aslo need to learn how to spell. 'nack' what's that Mr Smartpants!!!! Here is a lesson for you, its 'BACK'!!! Having a smartphone doesn't make you smart, MORON!!!

  • mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-02-09 07:07

    South Africa doesn't care what the DA can do better than the ANC. South Africa wants to know what the DA can do "PERIOD". These "if it was the ANC" arguments are just a waste of the voting public's time.

  • Prince Kgwale - 2013-02-09 07:30

    ANC has 1 in my area as well. She doesn't have a drivers licence and i believe she has those allowance. Please come check for us we are tired of ANC looking into small useless matters instead of delivering services.

  • brandphuthu - 2013-02-09 07:59

    Like I always say Politicians are all useless liars

  • ahmien.vanderwalt - 2013-02-09 08:13

    and this proves you know nothing #idiot

  • caine.abel.75 - 2013-02-09 08:20

    Petty politics but wrong is wrong

  • Teunis1985 - 2013-02-09 08:51

    Yes. Root out the rot so that DA can become even more awesome.

  • mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-02-09 09:05

    If the DA does not have any ideas, it might as well save us the trouble of looking at the ballot and tell us right now. If even their own internal problems bring up the acronym "ANC, then it's fine. We will just accept we're dealing with reactionaries who couldn't lead their own noses.

  • pws69 - 2013-02-09 10:59

    If he broke the law/rules nail him. If not, then no harm done.

  • Eddie Rautenbach - 2013-02-09 11:00

    This debate is leading to nothing! just pulling ourselves and the country further down. the biggest downfall for SA is the fact that we still live under the pain body of appartheid, we cant look ahead and walk through the tunnel and realize there is light. ANC or DA whatever you support that is your right as a citezen. it wont help to tear each party appart. in every country a politician is corrupt, black or white. Thats all Mandella wanted for us. we all have mistakes and faults.

  • franck.melaninski - 2013-02-09 11:25

    DA is not so perfect after all.

      mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-09 14:45

      Hellen Zille said the same thing before that no government is perfect, people dont understand. However DA is way much better than the ANC. ANC is full of corruption from top to bottom while its supporters are suffering they dont even care.

  • danie.dewaal - 2013-02-09 12:13

    There is no reason why he should not receive the allowance. It is a travle allowance. Does councillors/businessmen/members of parliament only receive an allowance for plane travel if they have a pilots licence?

  • anele.bungane.7 - 2013-02-09 12:59

    This is the same DA that took money from the "corrupt" Guptas. This party is the master of double standards. For them, what's good for the goose is never good for the gender.

      mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-09 14:38

      You sound like a Village Idiot. What about Zuma who stole over 200million infront of everybody, look at where you live , do you like it?

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-02-09 14:01

    Sounds like he is guilty of driving without a license. But that is a matter for the traffic department and he should pay the fine. Go get a drivers license first. A travel allowance is different and separate thing. A certain amount of money is added to his any everyone else's salary on which he is taxed. That money can then be used in anyway he wants to. He could travel by bus, train, taxi, motorcycle, car, nike ... It is obviously best remember not to overspend the allowance. Actual costs like installments, insurance, maintenance, fuel and more need to be budgeted for.

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-02-09 14:17

    Sounds like he is guilty of driving without a license. But that is a matter for the traffic department and he should pay the fine. Go get a drivers license first. A travel allowance is different and separate thing. A certain amount of money is added to his any everyone else's salary on which he is taxed. That money can then be used in anyway he wants to. He could travel by bus, train, taxi, motorcycle, car, nike ... It is obviously best remember not to overspend the allowance. Actual costs like installments, insurance, maintenance, fuel and more need to be budgeted for.

      ivy.malema.3 - 2013-02-09 14:37

      A policy of where u worked definitely is different frm that of politicians, let me remind u if u don't have a driver's licence u don't qualify to get allowance if u get it is corruption, he acknowledge that, or u just see nothing wrong if is a DA politician

      Mandy Casey - 2013-02-09 21:41

      @Ivy, In the article the only thing Simmers allegedly admitted to is not having a drivers license. He did not admit to fraud or corruption due to the fact that he has no license. And as I mentioned he should be punished for this. Now please read slowly: "no mention of a valid driver’s licence as a prerequisite for a travel allowance," The above means that you can receive a travel allowance even if you do not have a drivers license. Do you think he magically appears at work every day? No he travels, hence the travel allowance. Granted he should not have been driving himself. He should have let someone with a license drive his car. Luckily he was caught before an accident happened. Let this be a lesson to everyone that drives without a license, we already have far too many deaths on our roads.

  • zeenat.allie.16 - 2013-02-10 08:05

    All politicians are a@@holes.....because of the cANCer, the affected ones are just bigger and more cavernous.

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