Trollip's suspension overturned

2014-10-14 16:10
Athol Trollip (File, Beeld)

Athol Trollip (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip's suspension, for allegedly implying premier Phumulo Masualle was a "liar and a cheat", was overturned on Tuesday.

"My reinstatement today [on Tuesday] and the payment of my salary effectively overturn my suspension of two weeks and a fine of one month's salary," he said in a statement.

"I did not and could not apologise for calling the premier a liar, a cheat and a thief, because I never ever said that nor implied that."

The overturning of Trollip's suspension was part of an out-of-court settlement.

The DA leader was also instructed to read out a statement in the legislature and Trollip said he had done it.

The legislature's ethics committee earlier this month found Trollip guilty of bringing the institution into disrepute because it reportedly said he failed to apologise for implying that Masualle was a "liar and cheat".

The sanction handed down was a 15-day suspension and a fine of one month's salary.

Trollip at the time said he would oppose the sanction and approach the court for an urgent interdict.

The Democratic Alliance said in an earlier statement that an agreement had been reached but did not provide details.

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