Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Mayor condemns floor crossing

By Chanel September
12 June 2007

Evidence of councillors being bribed to cross the floor has surfaced in the media after proof was obtained by the City of Cape Town.

Last week the speaker of the City Jacob Smit received evidence of meetings held between councillor Badih Chabaan and other city councillors.

At a media briefing on Tuesday Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille revealed that various sources have stated that Chabaan is currently paying councillors between R5000 and R10 000 to cross the floor. He is also offering business opportunities and well-paying positions to the councillors to cross the floor in September and join the National People’s Party supposedly being formed by Chabaan.

The evidence obtained against Chabaan consists of tape recordings, affidavits and oral and written statements.

“Floor crossing is an accepted part of democracy but being bribed to cross the floor is not, especially in a list system. In this situation we totally condemn the offering of cheques and promotions, says Zille.

Zille adds that safety measures have been put in place for councillors to come forward with information. She reiterated that members who have been approached should come forward now so that the matter can be dealt with.

Chabaan faces a disciplinary hearing but a specific date could not be confirmed.

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