ANC speaks out against Truman Prince

The party says it condemns Prince's ‘lapse in judgement’ in allegedly trying to influence tender procedures.

FILE. Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince. Picture: BackpagePix/Samuel Shivambu.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has spoken out against Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince for trying to influence tender procedures to raise money for the party's local government election campaign.

The party says it condemns Prince's 'lapse in judgement' in his 'misguided attempt to raise funds' for the party.

A corruption case has been opened against Prince by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Provincial ANC spokesperson Jabu Mfusi says the party has proper guidelines on how its structures and leaders should raise funds, and Prince is aware of them.

"He understands ANC policy in terms of soliciting funds, we don't do what he is alleged to have actually done."

The corruption allegations relate to a letter Prince wrote to the board chairperson of the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA).

In the letter, he wrote, "We are an ANC-led municipality, we are therefore in need of financial injection for our 2016 local government election campaign and therefore will also want to see construction companies sympathetic and having a relationship with the ANC to benefit, in order for these companies to inject funds in our election campaign process."

Prince is also accused of assaulting a female officer in Leeu-Gamka.

The alleged incident took place after the officer pulled over a car Prince was travelling in for speeding, more than a week ago.

Mfusi says these are serious claims.

"It's bringing the name of the ANC into serious disrepute."

The DA is calling for Prince's immediate suspension.