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DA condemns committee that found Maimane breached code of conduct

The committee’s recommended Maimane be fined & reprimanded for failing to disclose donations he received.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane during the tabling of the motion of no confidence in Parliament, 1 March 2016. Picture: Youtube.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is taking on Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests over a finding that its leader, Mmusi Maimane, breached the code of conduct of Members of Parliament (MPs).

The committee's recommended Maimane be fined and reprimanded for failing to disclose donations he received while campaigning to become party leader last year.

But the DA is crying foul claiming the adjudication process was procedurally unfair and unlawful.

Maimane maintains he didn't breach the code of conduct when he submitted his Declaration of Interest last year without declaring sponsorships.

He says the funds were controlled by his campaign manager and did not pass through his bank account.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says the rulings against Maimane and another MP, Makashule Gana, following a similar complaint, are being taken on review.

"He was never given an opportunity by the committee to come and put these points before them because this kangaroo court simply rushed to secure a conviction so that it could drive a partisan political programme of smearing members of the opposition."

Steenhuisen's taken aim at the committee's co-chairperson, Amos Masondo, accusing him of being partisan.

Committee registrar, Fazela Mahomed is also in the firing line. The DA claims she's failed to follow due process.