Today I have handed over the report of the forensic investigation into allegations of corruption in George Municipality at the George Police Station.
This is in pursuance of a criminal investigation against Mayor Melvin Naik and others implicated in alleged involvement in corrupt activities and interfering in administrative processes.
These very serious allegations were presented to the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the report of a forensic investigation conducted on the instruction of the Minister for Local Government in the Western Cape, Anton Bredell.
The DA is a party committed to clean government. We will not allow any public representative to jeopardize our reputation as the party of good governance. Therefore we have decided to take decisive action to restore the integrity of the DA administration in George.
In addition, the party has pursued our own internal action steps and has written to Mayor Naik to give him notice of our intention to place him on suspension. He has the opportunity to provide reasons why this should not happen.
I wish to assure the residents of George that the DA will take every step necessary to root out any form of corruption in the DA government. Residents must have confidence that where the DA governs, public money is not abused.
Our main priority is restoring the credibility and integrity of the George government and we want to thank the residents for their continued support.
The DA is the only party that has demonstrated a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.