Opposition calls for Mpuma official's suspension

2013-10-09 14:38

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Johannesburg - Opposition parties in Mpumalanga called for the suspension of community safety, security and liaison provincial head Thulani Sibuyi on Wednesday.

Sibuyi, 37, who was convicted of drunken driving in 2008, appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday on new charges of drunken driving, impersonating a police officer and resisting arrest.

The DA and the Congress of the People (Cope) said keeping Sibuyi at work set a bad example.

"As the head of the provincial task team implemented to fight drunk driving in the province, Sibuyi must lead by example and, therefore, should be suspended with immediate effect, pending the outcome of investigations into his criminal case," said DA Mpumalanga leader Anthony Benadie.

"If found guilty, he must be fired," he said.

The DA also called for an internal investigation into Sibuyi’s alleged use of blue lights on his vehicle.

"According to reports, Sibuyi left the accident scene by using the blue lights on his car, which allowed him to portray himself as a policeman," said Benadie.

"By law, the use of blue lights is strictly for law enforcement officers and political officials. Sibuyi is neither," he said.

Cope MP leader Zale Madonsela questioned Sibuyi's ethics.

"What message is he sending as head of department and an important individual? What message is he sending about his entire department and the provincial government?" he asked.

He also questioned the provincial government's reluctance to act against Sibuyi.

"When he was arrested in August on a tender fraud related case, the provincial government refused to comment on his fate and said he was innocent until proven otherwise.

"With the seriousness of impersonating a police officer and resisting arrest, does our government still believe in that cliché?"

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Sibuyi and his co-accused, Vusi Mashaba, 41, who own the company implicated in the fraud, are out on bail of R50 000. They are scheduled to appear in court again on 23 November.

Provincial government spokesperson Nonkululeko Mbatha said Sibuyi would continue to work until the criminal cases were concluded.

"We will make any pronouncements in due course, because for now, this matter is sub-judice," she said.

"The [head of department] was arrested, appeared in court and was granted bail. For now, it's important to respect the court processes."

She would not comment on the use of blue police lights in the drunk driving matter.

Police spokesperson Katlego Mogale told a Sapa correspondent Sibuyi was arrested on the new charges early on Sunday, after he was involved in an accident in Gauteng.

He was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court and he was released on bail of R1 000.

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