Ekurhuleni Speaker Must Launch Urgent Investigation into ANC’s Looting Councillor

The Speaker of Council in Ekurhuleni must immediately launch an investigation into the conduct of an ANC ward councillor who was arrested on charges of theft and public violence in connection with the looting which took place over the past two weeks.

The Councillor is alleged to have participated in the looting of a bottle store in Ekurhuleni.

Over the past two weeks, South Africans have lived in fear of acts of domestic terrorism, seeminglycoordinated by members of the ANC as part of their factional in-fighting. Hundreds of lives and thousands of livelihoods were lost because of the looting of businesses and the destruction of property. The ANC’s thuggery knows no bounds, with their councillors regularly enriching themselves through the misery the ANC has inflicted on businesses and communities.

According to the Code of Conduct for all councillors contained in the Municipal Systems Act (the Act), councillors must, at all times, act in the best interest of the municipality and in such a way that the credibility and integrity of the municipality are not compromised. It is clear that the ANC’s councillor has broken the law through his criminal conduct by this apparent breach of the requirements of the Act. Councillors must act as the custodians of the rule of law and not undermine it.

If the Ekurhuleni Council is serious about fighting criminality and weeding out dishonest criminals from their ranks, the Speaker of Council will immediately launch an investigation into these allegations and suspend the ANC councillor pending the outcomes of said investigation.

ActionSA maintains a zero-tolerance attitude to corruption. We expect every one of our representatives to honour the rule of law and fight against criminality and corruption – not partake in it.

ActionSA stands ready to provide an alternative to the broken political system that has failed South Africans. We stand ready to assemble a team of South Africans, committed to public service and not enriching themselves through criminality, who have the skills, experience and knowledge to achieve our vision for cities that work for all residents.