Cape Town - Cederberg municipality mayor Jonas White is being investigated by police for allegedly sending pornographic pictures to his deputy, including of his erect penis covered in cream and decorated with a strawberry, the Sunday Times has reported.

White allegedly offered his deputy, Lorna Scheepers, a private trip for the two of them to Durban at municipal expense, the newspaper said.

Details of these incidents were contained in an affidavit submitted by Scheepers to the Western Cape executive committee of the ANC.

The party’s provincial secretary, Songezo Mjongile, confirmed that the party was investigating the allegations.

Police spokesman Novela Potelwa also confirmed the investigation.

White’s spokesman, Anthony Mlata, said: “

The mayor does not recall sending inappropriate messages to any of the citizens in the municipal area in his official capacity.”

ANC provincial chairman Marius Fransman said: “

We are taking these allegations very seriously.”

He said that once an assessment was finalised White could be disciplined.

In the meantime the mayor would continue with his duties.

Cape Times