DA to charge Mashatile

The Democratic Alliance confirmed it would lay criminal charges against Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile on...

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The Democratic Alliance confirmed it would lay criminal charges against Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile on Tuesday for his alleged failure to act on claims of fraud against former African National Congress spokesperson Carl Niehaus.

In 2005, when Mashatile was Finance MEC, Niehaus forged signatures in a letter in an attempt to seal property contracts while he was head of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency.

At the time, Mashatile told Niehaus to resign or face a disciplinary hearing he chose to step down.

“It’s quite clear to me that he can be charged with obstructing justice and also contravening the Prevention Combating of Corrupt Activities Act which actually makes it a criminal offence not to report corrupt act to the police.

"We are astonished that Paul Mashatile’s first reaction was to cover this up,” said the DA’s Jack Bloom.

The Independent Democrats has already laid a charge against Niehaus, but its leader Patricia de Lille agreed Mashatile had questions to answer.

“Paul Mashatile should have made it public at that time because he is a public servant he was paid by the public money and the public was entitled to know,” said de Lille.