Taxpayers can’t pay for Morkel’s defence

Taxpayers can’t pay for Morkel’s defence

3 June 2002

The fact that Mr Morkel has not resigned shows that the DA and its leader, Tony Leon, are hypocritical. They preach clean governance, yet are not prepared to take action against senior DA party members who are suspected of serious wrongdoing. The DA’s actions of trying to protect Morkel have insulted the people of Cape Town and have seriously damaged the city’s credibility.

According to Morkel’s spokesperson, he will still be in office ‘to prepare his defence’. He has delegated the rest of his work to the deputy-mayor and speaker and will only chair meetings of the executive committee. If the mayor is not going to fulfill his duties, he must resign. Taxpayers cannot be expected to pay his salary while he is in office to prepare his defence. Morkel and all those implicated with him must go.

The DA has faced its moment of truth – and has failed. This shows that the DA is indecisive or afraid of acting against Morkel. Is there something that we don’t know?

The ANC wants this matter to be dealt with swiftly so that we can restore credibility to the Council and local government, so that we focus on improving services to ratepayers instead of the DA’s (expensive for taxpayers) soap opera.

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape

Saleem Mowzer (082 806 8135)
Danile Landingwe (082 806 0084)
Peter Gabriel (083 629 0883)
ANC councillors