DA coun­cil­lor sacked for vot­ing against party

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ODETTE PARFITT

AFTER four years as a DA coun­cil­lor in the Kouga mu­nic­i­pal­ity Des­mond Petersen has been fired with im­me­di­ate ef­fect after dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

Yes­ter­day, chair­woman of the party pro­vin­cial dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee, Vicky Knoetze, said Petersen had been fired for vot­ing “in a man­ner other than in ac­cor­dance with a party cau­cus de­ci­sion”.

Petersen, who has been a coun­cil­lor since 2013 and was ap­pointed as mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee re­spon­si­ble for in­fra­struc­ture and plan­ning when the DA won the Kouga mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion last year, con­firmed he was dis­missed ear­lier this month.

An­other may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber, Dr Nico Botha, was also re­moved from the com­mit­tee but re­mains a coun­cil­lor.

Botha de­clined to com­ment re­gard­ing his re­moval say­ing: “I re­serve my right to take fur­ther ac­tion, but I am still de­cid­ing on the way for­ward.”

Dr Mal­colm Figg, the DA’s con­stituency leader in the Tsitsi-Kouga re­gion, said Petersen was dis­missed fol­low­ing a dis­ci­plinary process.

Knoetze said dis­ci­plinary ac­tion was taken fol­low­ing a coun­cil meet­ing on Au­gust 31. Petersen’s suc­ces­sor will be ap­pointed fol­low­ing a by-elec­tion on De­cem­ber 13, said Figg. — DDC

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