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Cederberg mayor under investigation

As the Hawks investigate the Cederberg municipality its mayor attends a hearing for alleged misconduct.

ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman said the party is still waiting to hear from the Auditor General's offices after it looked into the Cederberg municipality’s financial drama. Picture: Chanel September

CAPE TOWN - As the Hawks continue its investigation into alleged corruption in the African National Congress-led Cederberg Municipality, the town's mayor is appearing before a disciplinary hearing this week.

Mayor Jonas White has been accused of financial mismanagement and harassment.

He also allegedly sent pornographic images to his deputy Lorna Scheepers.

At the same time, both the Hawks and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela are looking into claims of corruption within the municipality.

The underspending of the council's budget and the awarding of tenders has also come under scrutiny.

The ANC's Songezo Mjongile said the party's disciplinary process for White is underway.

"It's an internal organisational process and as far as we are concerned it is a legitimate process that members use when they've got complaints. Once it has been concluded it will then pronounce on its decisions."

ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman said they were still waiting to hear from the Auditor General's offices after it looked into the council's finances.

"Nothing that compromises the integrity of good governance in the municipality must be done. We are in complete support of the Auditor General. If there is no financial compliance we will deal with things accordingly."

The ANC-led municipality includes towns Clanwilliam and Citrusdal.