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Cape Town councillor suspended by ANC

02 May 2012

ANC elected Ward 35 councillor Thobile Gqola, has been suspended by his own party following allegations of his involvement in housing corruption.

At least five residents laid charges against Gqola early last month after they allegedly paid him R7 000 to receive a house at the Philippi East Phase Five housing project and then failed to deliver on his promises.

Last month about 50 Lower Crossroads residents marched to Gqola’s office accusing him of corruption and demanding that he step down and two weeks ago DA officials publicly launched a formal complaint against Gqola with the City Speaker.

An official complaint was necessary for Speaker, Dirk Smit, to launch an internal investigation into Gqola’s alleged activities. The Democratic Alliance (DA) believes that Cllr. Gqola has contravened the Councillors’ Code of Conduct by using his position for personal benefit, and may therefore be liable to be removed as a councillor.

Smit last week said he had received the complaint but was only intending to investigate the matter this week.

Meanwhile, Chief Whip of ANC in City of Cape Town, Xolani Sotashe, said Gqla had been suspended from the party.

“The organization has suspended councilor Gqola because of the allegation of housing corruption. The party is busy investigating those allegations of housing corruption. In the meantime he must not participate in any events of the ANC, he must not call any meeting under ANC,” said Sotashe.

Gqola said although he had been suspended from the ANC he would still serve as ward councillor until the court case was finalised. – Nombulelo Damba

Tags: ANC, Councillors' Code of Conduct, DA, Dirk Smit, lower crossroads, Philippi East Phase Five housing project, Thobile Gqola, Xolani Sotashe

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