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ANC wants CT's JP Smith sacked

Allegations surfaced that gangsters are protecting city building sites.

FILE: City of Cape Town’s JP Smith (L). Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) plans to bring a motion calling for the dismissal of the City of Cape Town's Safety and Security Mayco member JP Smith at a full sitting of the City Council on Thursday.

The party wants action to be taken after allegations surfaced that building contractors upgrading city housing units were employing gang members as security.

The ANC's Tony Ehrenreich claimed there's documented proof that the city had been aware of gang members' involvement in security arrangements at a city building site.

He said in a letter to the Police Ministry, the ANC wanted a comprehensive investigation into links between the municipality and organised crime.

Meanwhile, the city hit back by saying it would welcome the ANC's motion as it would provide a platform for them to place the correct information on record.

The municipality said it was Smith who called for the information to be shared with the police within days of being alerted to the allegations.