Code of Conduct for Councillors
Media Statement by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell
I would like to confirm that the Disciplinary hearing that Councillor Lili went through has now been finalised.
The Council of the City of Cape Town considered a Disciplinary Committee report dated 14 September 2012 and requested me on 3 October 2012, to remove Councillor Lili from office.
The investigation by the Municipal Council was occasioned by the allegations that Councillor Lili contravened Item 2 of the Code of Conduct, as contained in the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (32 of 2000), in that he inter alia failed to perform his office in good faith, honestly, act in the interest of the Municipality and in such a way that the credibility and integrity of the municipality were not compromised. It was also alleged that Councillor Lili contravened Item 1 of the Code by directly or indirectly interfering in the administration or encouraged or participated in conduct which caused or could have caused or contributed to maladministration.
After considering all the relevant information provided to me, including but not limited to the relevant council resolutions, transcripts of the proceedings and the submissions by Councillor Lili’s attorney, I am of the opinion that he did breach the Code of Conduct, the investigation complied with the requirements of Item 14 of the Code of Conduct and the investigation was in accordance with the rules of natural justice.
I am further of the opinion that the aforesaid breach warrants Councillor Lili’s removal from office and pursuant to the powers granted to me in Item 14(6)(b) of the Code of Conduct, I have removed him from office as a councillor of the City of Cape Town.
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