”Zero Tolerance”, but blue councillors are excused
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 22 July 2014. 08h20. I wrote DA Leader Helen Zille yesterday.
Dear Ms Zille
I have some recollection of your undertaking to attorney Hardy Mills that the Oudtshoorn DA Caucus’s settlement of the Pierre Nel legal bill (which you “regarded in a very serious light”) would be thoroughly investigated following the conclusion of a criminal investigation.
The criminal investigation is now completed, and although the DPP refuses to prosecute, he has been made aware of a probable private prosecution in a letter demanding reasons for his refusal.
You wrote, on July 2 last year: “Let me be quite clear: the DA would NOT allow, let alone condone, a private legal bill being passed on unlawfully to the ratepayers of Oudtshoorn.”
Well, ma’am, that is exactly what the DA Caucus attempted.
The only reason they did not effect the “settlement” is that they had not been in an administrative position to do so. I say this based on the comment of Rogers J in Stoffels v. Van Wyk et al, on September 10 last year when he expressed concern that the DA caucus may again attempt to settle should they assume power.
The DA councillors of Oudtshoorn fixed to have ratepayers pay some R460,000 to settle the personal legal bill of your councillor Nel. This much is indisputable.
Please indicate, by return email, when the DA investigation may be completed and the results published.