Just about seven days before the beginning of the 2016 local government election, a notable member of the Democratic Alliance and mayor of George Charles Standers, has tabled his resignation letter which will be effective at the end of his term.
The mayor tendered his letter of resignation on Wednesday, requesting that his name be removed from the party’s proportional list for the upcoming local government elections.
In the letter addressed to Western Cape local government MEC Anton Bredell, Standers cited reasons why he chose to withdraw.
He said they ranged from “deeply troubling developments” of interference from the DA’s regional structures in the work of the local municipality, alleged silence from the DA’s George caucus over corruption in the municipality “which I cannot stand for and have fought against”, as well as “racist practices” within the local caucus which he said were wrong, created disunity and affected service delivery.
Charles Standers, had earlier this year, made headline following the alleged assault of his wife during an argument over car keys. He also claimed that the DA tarnished his image and integrity by leaking untested charges leveled against him to the media.
Although criminal charges for the alleged assault have been withdrawn, the matter was still under investigation by the DA who at the time suspended him from all party’s activities but reinstated him after the charges against him were withdrawn by the complainant.
Speaking about Standers’ resignation and how it would affect the party in the coming elections, DA spokesperson Jaco Londt said the party found Standers’ timing “obviously suspicious, given the ongoing disciplinary proceedings against him”.
Londt however pointed out that the party will continue with court proceedings against him despite his resignation from the party.
“It is very telling that Mr Charles Standers plans to end his relationship with the DA only after his term ends. It’s clear he wants to have his cake and eat it.
“The DA is committed to an honest, accountable government and does not hesitate to take action against those, no matter their positions, [whose] conduct has been found wanting.”
Meanwhile, Londt dismissed Standers’ reason for resigning by saying they were “just allegations by someone facing disciplinary steps… who is jumping ship at the end”.