Opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) wants the truth from three of its party councillors after it learnt that the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) enlisted them on its Councillor’s list.
According to DA Eastern Cape leader, Athol Trollip, the three DA Nelson Mandela Bay Councillors have until the end of the day (Wednesday, June 1) to either confirm or rubbish the allegation.
The three opposition party members might have decided to quietly decamp from the party but their plans failed to pull through.
The Herald worsened their ‘shady move’ after it reported on Wednesday that a secret recording revealed that Du Plessis was the ANC’s Ward 13‚ Helenvale‚ candidate‚ and that Naidoo‚ Kivedo and former DA councillor Knight Mali were on the PR list.
In addition, the validity of the local daily’s claim was authenticated after an ANC regional list committee member Mtwabo Ndube confirmed the report, thus paving way for deeper search for the truth.
Meanwhile, DA’s Athol Trollip says should the party councillors- Nico du Plessis‚ Penny Naidoo and Brian Kivedo fail to confirm or deny the report‚ the party will launch a process to terminate their membership.
“I’ve written to these councillors – and I challenged them on these allegations in the past – today to inform them that they must confirm or deny these allegations by the end of the day.
If they don’t deny or don’t respond‚ we will proceed with termination [or] cessation of their membership‚” Trollip said.
Buzzsouthafrica gathered that the ANC is greatly counting on the three councillors‚ as well as about three other former DA activists‚ to help regain its support in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas.
Meanwhile, it won’t be the usual ball game for the ANC in PE should the three party councillors deny the allegation.On the other hand, should they confirm it, the DA might be forced to gear up its election campaign in the area.
Yesterday, angry ANC protesters gathered outside the party’s Port Elizabeth offices where provincial leaders were meeting, demanding the removal of certain candidates from ward councillor’s list ahead of the municipal elections.
The demonstration eventually turned violent when the protesters realised their choices had not made the cut. They also blocked taxis meant to transport councillor candidates to East London.