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Maimane takes Parly's Ethics Committee to court

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the committee acted in bad faith and was biased against him.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane challenges Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during a question and answer session in Parliament on 19 November 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
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Local Politics

CAPE TOWN – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has taken legal steps against Parliament's Ethics Committee, by applying to have a decision against him reviewed and set aside.

Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests has recommended Maimane be fined and reprimanded for failing to disclose donations he received while campaigning to become party leader last year. 

He maintains the funds were controlled by his campaign manager and did not pass through his bank account.

In an affidavit filed in the Western Cape High Court, the DA leader said the committee did not follow proper procedure when it found him guilty of breaching the code of conduct for Members of Parliament (MPs).

He said the committee also acted in bad faith and was biased against him.

The committee announced last week that it had dealt with 14 complaints against several MPs in recent months – Maimane included.

It has also recommended sanctions against African National Congress MPs Bongani Mkongi and Pule Mabe.

Mkongi is in trouble for suggesting on social media that people burn down a Cape Town building where a Zuma Must Fall banner had been erected, while the committee found Mabe was in the wrong when his company benefited from a contract with Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)



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