Calls for Swellendam Municipality probe

The ANC wants the Hawks to investigate the appointment of three municipal employees.

Swellendam officials said protesters in the main road of the Overberg town were not striking for better wages in November last year but trouble started after the DA won a court case against the ACDP and the ANC. Picture:Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) says it wants the Hawks to investigate the illegal appointment of three senior Swellendam municipal officials.

The ANC in Swellendam has laid charges of fraud, corruption and the transgression of various municipal laws against five Democratic Alliance (DA) and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) councillors.

ANC council member Sydney Cetera on Tuesday said the appointment of the local municipal manager and the community and corporate services directors in November last year was unlawful.

He said the proper procedure wasn't followed, as the appointments were made in a meeting attended only by DA and ACDP counsellors.

The Swellendam municipality is run by a coalition of the two parties.

Cetera added there was no written evidence of the three municipal employees' appointment on record.

In November last year, several shops were looted and damaged during protests in the Overberg town.

Western Cape Local government MEC Anton Bredell said the trouble started after the DA won a court case against the ACDP and the ANC.

"The ACDP and ANC councillors set up a public meeting and 10 minutes after that the unrest started."