CAPE TOWN - GOOD party secretary-general Brett Herron on Tuesday accused the DA leadership of ignoring evidence that Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertius Simmers was guilty of electricity theft before he was appointed to the position.
“DA leaders knew MEC was accused of electricity theft but promoted him nonetheless. Party put disciplinary process on hold awaiting police investigation, while municipality was quietly prevented from pursuing criminal complaints for electricity theft,” Herron said in a statement.
“As GOOD awaits Western Cape Premier Alan Winde's response to whistle-blowers' evidence that one of his newly appointed MECs, Tertius Simmers, was guilty of electricity theft while serving as a DA councillor in George, damning new evidence of a cover-up has emerged,” he added.
Simmers, however, slammed the accusation pointing out that the matter was fully investigated in 2016 and found to be "spurious".
"I did not tamper with the electric meter. I reported the tampering to the George Municipality. To this day we still do not know who paid for the fine. It is unsurprising that a few weeks after the Good Party lost in the by-election in George that this old matter is resurfacing. These allegations have been brought up in the past by the Good leader, Patricia de Lille, when she was still a Democratic Alliance member and now Mr Brett Herron is seeking to reopen it. There is clear malicious intent on the part of Mr Herron and I will therefore be seeking legal advice," Simmers told the African News Agency (ANA).