Mayor must face charges

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Zara Nicholson

Metro Writer

OUDTSHOORN mayor Gordon April is back in court in March on charges of theft of municipal property after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) reconsidered the case after charges were withdrawn last year.

The charges were laid by the Oudtshoorn branch of AfriForum early last year.

April and another employee of the municipality, Raymond Wagenaar, are accused of stealing sand and stone, which was delivered to April’s home in Dysselsdorp by municipal workers in a work vehicle.

Wagenaar allegedly gave the instruction for the delivery.

Municipal workers who witnessed the incident said they were later intimidated. The pair also face charges of intimidation.

George Kersop, the chairman of the AfriForum Oudtshoorn branch, said that he welcomed the decision.

Kersop said that when the DPP decided not to proceed with the case

they requested reasons for the case being withdrawn but were not given any.

National Prosecuting Authority’s Billy Downer said the decision not to prosecute was based on the nature of the evidence.

“After representations were made by AfriForum, the matter and evidence was reconsidered at a higher level and a decision was made to proceed with the case,” Downer said.

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