DA councillor to learn his fate for defending gangster

Willie Jaftha submitted a written appeal for clemency for one of the 17 28s gang members.

FILE: An alleged leader of the 28s gang, George Thomas and his 16 co-accused in court on 4 May 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Democratic Alliance (DA) disciplinary hearing will on Tuesday night rule on whether a councillor will be recalled for supporting a lenient sentence for a convicted murderer.

Belhar ward councillor Willie Jaftha submitted a written appeal for clemency for one of the 17 gangsters tried along with gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas. The document was typed on an official City of Cape Town document.

He later claimed he was not aware Riyaaz Dennis had been convicted of murder.

The DA says it will not speculate on the possible outcome of an urgent disciplinary hearing against Jaftha.

Jaftha is accused of misconduct after court submissions supporting a lenient sentence against the convicted murderer and gangster.

#GeorgeThomas Belhar councillor Willie Jafta's letter he submitted during Dennis' arguments in mitigation of sentence pic.twitter.com/egvYzrj98d

He claims he wrote the letter after a request Dennis's parents.

Dennis was eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison.