“As GOOD awaits Western Cape Premier Alan Winde’s response to whistle-blowers’ evidence that one of his newly appointed MECs, Tertuis Simmers, was guilty of electricity theft while serving as a DA councillor in George, damning new evidence of a cover-up has emerged.
DA members confirmed that prima facie evidence of theft by MEC Simmers was discovered and brought to the attention of the DA’s provincial leadership,” Herron said.
He said in 2018, the complaint was apparently referred to the DA’s provincial disciplinary committee, but the committee did not act because it was awaiting the outcome of a police investigation. Earlier this month, GOOD said it had evidence that Simmers stole electricity while he was employed as a councillor and mayoral committee member at the George municipality.
The party said evidence was submitted to its corruption desk the George municipality attempted to “decriminalise” the theft of electricity to protect Simmers from criminal prosecution. The case dates back to 2015, when initial charges against Simmers on the issue were withdrawn.