DA FI­NALLY RESOLVES TO CHARGE ROOKSANA AHMED

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - CLIVE NDOU • clive.ndou@wit­ness.co.za

THE Demo­cratic Al­liance has fi­nally re­solved to charge Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity DA coun­cil­lor Rooksana Ahmed fol­low­ing com­plaints that she failed to dis­close a crim­i­nal record.

Sources within the DA con­firmed the party will haul Ahmed be­fore a dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee to an­swer to a num­ber of charges, fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The de­ci­sion fol­lows a com­plaint lodged with the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son, James Selfe, by one of the party’s se­nior lead­ers in KZN.

The com­plainant had, amongst other things, ac­cused Ahmed of fail­ing to in­form the party that she has a fraud con­vic­tion.

The Wit­ness has es­tab­lished that Selfe has for­warded the let­ter to DA pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Fran­cois Rodgers, who in­ves­ti­gated the mat­ter. Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint against Ahmed, the DA Msun­duzi Ward 31 coun­cil­lor in North­dale, she was con­victed for fraud in 2004 and sen­tenced in 2006. She paid a fine.

Ahmed is also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for nepo­tism af­ter she al­legedly em­ployed her daugh­ter as ward sec­re­tary, a post funded by the Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the let­ter of com­plaint, she also failed to pro­vide the party lead­er­ship with a copy of her driver’s li­cence. DA coun­cil­lors are re­quired to pos­sess a driver’s li­cence.

Rogers con­firmed that Ahmed will now face the party’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

While the DA is yet to rule whether Ahmed has con­tra­vened the party’s dis­ci­plinary code, some DA mem­bers in the re­gion have al­ready ex­pressed anger on Face­book at Ahmed’s con­duct.

When ap­proached for com­ment, Ahmed re­ferred The

Wit­ness to the DA.

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