DA reports eThekwini Deputy Mayor’s conduct

Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Health

 

DA reports eThekwini Deputy Mayor’s conduct

 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in eThekwini has written to the Speaker of the Council, Lekgoa Mapena, to report the conduct of Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer. As the custodian of the Code of Conduct for Councillors, the DA believes that Mapena has to take action against the Deputy Mayor.

In a recorded conversation that has since gone viral, Peer calls a resident, Ms Ron Naidoo, to aggressively berate her for writing to the Mayor about poor municipal service delivery. Click here to listen to the clip.

Despite Ms Naidoo’s claims that their DA Ward Councillor is attempting to do his work but is ‘cut off at the knees’, Peer is belittling and claims she is ‘warning’ Naidoo not to ‘pick her out’ as she ‘is not responsible for service delivery’.

In WhatsApp messages about the exchange, Peer also accused DA Councillor Chris Pappas of spreading the recordings, calling him a ‘little brat’, and saying that he will be ‘fealty’ (sic) with. We presume this means he will be dealt with, which is another threat.

The DA believes that Councillor Peer’s conduct towards Ms Naidoo, as well as Councillor Pappas, violates section 2 of the Municipal Code of Conduct for Councillors in terms of the Municipal Systems Act.

The Code requires councillors to perform the functions of the office in good faith and honestly, neither of which we believe Peer has done. The Code also requires Councillors to conduct themselves in such a way that the credibility and integrity of the municipality are not compromised.

The DA will be following up on this matter. This kind of arrogance and failure to account has become typical of ANC leaders in eThekwini, and eThekwini communities must not tolerate it.

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