'Councillor bribery sanctioned by DA'

The Independent Democrats (ID) has dismissed as false claims by the City of Cape Town mayor Helen Zille that the DA did not sanction the bribery of ID councillor Sheval Arendse.

The Independent Democrats (ID) has dismissed as false claims by the City of Cape Town mayor Helen Zille that the DA did not sanction the bribery of ID councillor Sheval Arendse.

Yesterday ID caucus leader for the City, Simon Grindrod, said it was clear that the bribery was done with the full blessing of the DA leadership. "It was done in the name of the DA with the full mandate of the party," he said.

Grindrod, who was briefing the media at the Civic Centre in Cape Town, said it was untrue that former DA provincial chairman Kent Morkel acted alone. The DA was a well-run organisation and there was no way that its leadership would not have known, he said.

He made a call to the City's Speaker Derrick Smith to urgently investigate the matter.

"We therefore request that you urgently commence an investigation into this matter. We would also ask that the same thoroughness be applied to this investigation as has previously been applied to other such investigations of enticement and allegations of bribery."

The ID is in possession of a signed agreement between Morkel and Arendse, in terms of which Arendse agreed to resign from the council and the ID.

The DA undertook to pay Arendse his council salary from the period of his resignation as councillor until the end of the 2006 election period, after which the DA undertook to appoint him as chairman of the Mitchell's Plain sub-council. - Sapa

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