The African National Congress (ANC) in Greater Tshwane region has denied claims that some of its councillors’ signatures were forged in a petition to call for a special council meeting last week.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) opened a case of fraud against ANC Chief whip and ANC caucus leadership of City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. The party claims that seven ANC councillors did not sign the petition as presented by the ANC, but that someone faked their signatures.
DA Deputy Chief Whip, Mpho Mehlape- Zimu, said the party did a comparative analysis of the signatures and they were able to conclude that there were inconsistencies with some of them.
“We compared the register that was submitted by the ANC on the 3rd of January and compared that with the three previous meetings - one that was held on the 5th [of January], the other one being the November meeting. We also compared the one they submitted on the 8th [of January] that was petitioning the speaker to call the meeting at 5 O’clock the very same day.
What is interesting is the one that was submitted on the 3rd and the one submitted on the [8th of January], they themselves have discrepancies, let alone the ones from the previous meetings. It is through that analysis that we can see through the naked eye that we have a strong case,” said Mehlape- Zimu.
ANC Tshwane regional chairperson, Kgoši Maepa, rubbished the DA’s claims and called them “bizarre”.
“The ANC heard that the DA laid a charge of forgery against the ANC chairperson and deputy chairperson who are both ANC councilors at the Brooklyn police station this morning. The DA is alleging that ANC chairperson and his deputy forged their own signatures in a petition to the speaker.
The bizarre thing is that the DA is laying a complaint as complainants on behalf of the chairperson and the deputy chairperson who are legally supposed to be the complainants in a case of their forged signatures. This means the DA’s so-called deputy chief whip a - position we don’t have in council - and her crew of white councilors felt so bad and pitiful that they went on behalf of the chairperson and deputy chairperson,” Maepa said.
“None of the ANC councilors whose signatures are [said to be] forged laid a complaint with the police. If indeed there are forged signatures of ANC councilors those councilors must be the ones to complain and not the DA. The actions of the DA in Tshwane are a clear indication that the DA has now officially run out of ideas and negative things to say about the ANC,” the ANC regional chairperson said.
Maepa added that the DA would lose Tshwane at the next special council sitting scheduled for Thursday.
“The DA has forgotten that they are still government until Thursday and they should continue providing services instead of creating storms in a teacup. Instead of responsibility to issues of service delivery, the DA has instead went on a rampage of corruption and promiscuous conduct by its top officials,” said Maepa.
The ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) requested the special council sitting to table a motion of no confidence to remove Tshwane Mayor, Stevens Mokgalapa, Speaker Katlego Mathebe, Acting Speaker Zweli Kumalo and the Chair of Chairs, Gert Pretorius.