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Oudtshoorn. 3 August 2012. 08h00. AfriForum issued the following Press Release this morning:
3 August 2012
Charges finally brought against Oudtshoorn’s mayor thanks to AfriForum
AfriForum today learned that Gordon April, Oudtshoorn’s Mayor, will be prosecuted in the Regional Court on charges of theft and defeating the course of justice. This turnaround comes after AfriForum’s request to the Director of Public Prosecution (DOP) to bring civil and criminal charges against April following the Public Prosecutor’s earlier decision to not prosecute April.
According to AfriForum, April allegedly refused to carry out a decision by the council to, among other things, fire the municipal manager, Thandekile Mnyimba. April allegedly also refused to sign the letter of appointment of the new municipal manager, Allen Paulse, following the council’s decision to appoint Paulse. Paulse recently brought a successful application in the High Court to dismiss Mnyimba because of his incompetence.
George Kersop, Chair of AfriForum’s Oudsthoorn branch, said AfriForum will continue with its efforts to ensure that officials and politicians who commit offences are prosecuted. ‘We will continue to do everything in our power to re-establish honest and efficient administration in Oudsthoorn after many years and there are still a number of officials who should rest uneasy,’ he said.
This follows after April yesterday accused OO of spreading lies about him – such as that he is suspected of stealing sand and stone from ratepayers.