DA refuses to withdraw ‘inaccurate’ statements against JB Marks municipality

2020-Aug-01   08:01

DA refuses to withdraw ‘inaccurate’ statements against JB Marks municipality
DA chief whip in the legislature, Freddy Sonakile
Source: SABC Video

- Thabang Morutloa

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the North West has vowed that it would not withdraw statements it made on social media platforms that allege that JB Marks Local Municipality spent R750 on 1 litre of sanitizer.

Lawyers of a company appointed to supply sanitizers to the municipality ordered DA chief whip in the legislature, Freddy Sonakile and the DA to withdraw these allegations from all its public communication platforms.

In a letter that Newsnote has seen, Mabuza attorneys acting on behalf of Baatseba Property Limited, instructs Sonakile and his party to withdraw statements that they allege are defamatory and false.

However, Sonakile, said he stands by his statement since the municipality presented the information under oath at the Standing Committee on Public Accounts  (Scopa) last week.

“Everything that the party said is the true reflection from what was presented by JB Marks Local Municipality to the Scopa on 22 July 2020. If Baatseba wanted to clarify anything they should have written to the committee or raised its issues with the municipality that presented to the committee.

“After receiving the letter I went through the municipality presentation again,  which by the way is presented under oath to the legislature. I even sought the recordings of the meetings where I am on record asking if a litre cost R750, something which the municipality did not deny on record,” said Sonakile.

He added that he found it suspicious to be singled out from other committee members who also raised the same concerns.

“It raises a lot of questions that I would be singled out of the entire committee of public accounts and I would advise Baatseba holdings as well as others who think alike to familiarise themselves with the work of the members of the legislature as per section 114 to 117 of the constitution of South Africa,” he said.

In a statement JB Marks Local Municipality dismissed as untrue allegations that they paid R750 per litre of sanitizer to the service provider.




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