CAPE TOWN COVID RELIEF FUNDS ALLEGEDLY LAUNDERED TO CREATE POLITICAL SLUSH FUND

Statement by Brett Herron, GOOD Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and Secretary General. 

 30 April 2021

The GOOD Party has written to Executive Mayor of Cape Town and Regional Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance, Alderman Dan Plato, to request urgent clarity about an alleged conspiracy to misappropriate and launder City of Cape Town Covid relief monies to create a political slush fund.

Conspirators allegedly include very senior colleagues of Alderman Plato’s in DA structures in Atlantis, City Councillors, City of Cape Town staff and a church in Table View.

It is unclear if the slush fund was intended to grease an internal DA campaign, or be used for DA party purposes.

GOOD has established that a criminal investigation is underway, one senior DA member in Atlantis has already been arrested, a case has been registered (Case Number 392/11/2020) – and more arrests are expected to follow.

GOOD has requested the Mayor to urgently provide further information on matters pertaining to the City’s Covid relief funds, and what steps have been taken to hold implicated parties to account.

The identities of implicated parties are known to GOOD.

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