Decision yet to be taken on DA's Trojan Horse councillor

2016-01-27 11:08
Sam Pienaar (City of Cape Town)

Sam Pienaar (City of Cape Town)

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Johannesburg - DA councillor Sam Pienaar's failure to disclose his involvement in the 1985 Trojan Horse shootings has been referred to the party's Federal Legal Commission (FLC), it said on Wednesday. 

The DA's Western Cape executive committee met on Tuesday after receiving submissions from Pienaar on why he should not be suspended from the party. 

"The conclusion of the meeting was that the province had not followed a proper process in dealing with the matter," Democratic Alliance federal executive chairperson James Selfe told News24 on Wednesday.

He referred the matter to the commission on Tuesday and it was drawing up charges. He said the province did not have the authority to bring the charges against Pienaar. He said it was likely they would involve bringing the party into disrepute and failing to disclose the information in his candidacy application.

The party took the steps after it emerged that the 73-year-old councillor was present at the planning of the Trojan Horse shooting of anti-apartheid protesters in October 1985. He was a commander in the SA Defence Force civilian defence unit on the Cape Flats at the time.

On October 15, railway police hid themselves in crates on the back of an SA Railways truck that drove down Thornton Road, Athlone. Officers emerged from the crates and shot at protesters who had been pelting it with stones, the Cape Times reported on Monday.

Jonathan Claasen, 21, Shaun Magmoed, 15, and Michael Miranda, 11, were killed and several others injured.

They did the same thing in Crossroads the next day, killing Mabhuti Fatman, 20, and Mengxwane Mali, 19.

Pienaar had been a DA councillor since 2011. He headed sub-council 6, which included parts of Bellville, Belhar, and Bishop Lavis.

Selfe said the FLC would give advice on whether Pienaar should be suspended, pending the outcome of his inquiry.

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