ANC hails fraud con­vic­tion of ex-DA coun­cil­lor

Cape Times - - NEWS - Staff Writer

THE ANC has hailed the fraud con­vic­tion of DA mem­ber and for­mer coun­cil­lor Wilma Brady.

The dis­graced Brady was con­victed on charges of fraud and con­tra­ven­ing the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act ear­lier this week.

She had en­tered into a R3 mil­lion con­tract with a build­ing de­vel­oper for the con­struc­tion of low-cost houses in Blue Downs.

While Brady was a ward coun­cil­lor and chair­per­son of the Oosten­berg sub-coun­cil of the City in 2006, she set out with in­tent to de­fraud, among oth­ers, de­vel­oper com­pany Lelethu and/or the MEC for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and hous­ing, by mis­rep­re­sent­ing that she was au­tho­rised by the pro­vin­cial hous­ing de­part­ment to con­clude con­tracts with de­vel­op­ers, ac­cord­ing to her charge sheet.

Be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber 2006, the charge sheet reads that she un­law­fully en­tered into a con­tract with Lelethu which pur­ported to bind the hous­ing de­part­ment fi­nan­cially to the value of R3m for the de­vel­op­ment and con­struc­tion of the low-cost houses.

The State ar­gued that Brady acted con­trary to the ten­der­ing process when she en­tered into the agree­ment.

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Faiez Ja­cob said: “This con­vic­tion proves that how­ever long it takes, no one can es­cape the long arm of the law.” The party said for­mer ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Mce­bisi Sk­wat­sha had opened crim­i­nal charges against Brady.

The charges were in re­la­tion to Brady re­leas­ing pro­vin­cial land to a hous­ing de­vel­oper with­out au­tho­ri­sa­tion, Ja­cobs said.

“The ANC has con­sis­tently raised aware­ness about sim­i­lar in­ci­dents where DA coun­cil­lors in the City of Cape Town took it upon them­selves to lease or sell mu­nic­i­pal land – and will write to the min­is­ter of Co-op­er­a­tive Gover­nance to in­ves­ti­gate these in­ci­dents since the DA took over in 2006.

“The ANC will con­tinue to re­lent­lessly pur­sue and fight against cor­rup­tion in DA mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and ex­pose their claims of good gover­nance as a big fuss and mis­di­rec­tion,” said Ja­cobs.

The DA has said it would study the judg­ment and make a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing Brady’s party mem­ber­ship.

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