- DA Shadow Minister of Finance Geordin Hill-Lewis wants to attend ANC NEC meetings in his own personal capacity going forward
- This was after National Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane attended an NEC meeting and the DA found this inappropriate because of his position
- Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni said that Mogajane attended in his "personal capacity" and Hill-Lewis thinks it's only fair that he attends too
According to Geordin Hill-Lewis, the Democratic Alliance's shadow minister of finance, the party is interested in attending the ANC's next national executive committee (NEC) meeting. Between conferences, the ANC NEC is the party's top decision-making body.
This follows National Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane's alleged attendance at a NEC meeting in January, which the DA deemed inappropriate.
Mboweni confirms Mogajane attended in "personal capacity"
According to a report by TimesLIVE, in response to a parliamentary question from the DA, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni confirmed Mogajane's participation and claimed that the DG attended the meeting in his "private capacity."
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However, Hill says that this is not accurate and says that the minister said this knowing that it's not okay for senior civil servants to attend ANC NEC meetings.
If senior state officials can attend these meetings in their "private capacity," Hill-Lewis believes that the sessions are also open to others in their "private capacities". In this case, he says that he would also like to attend these meetings.
According to IOL, Hill-Lewis is widely regarded as the front-runner to succeed incumbent Mayor Dan Plato as the mayor of Cape Town.
Top cop fired for misconduct
In other political news, Briefly News reported that a top cop has been fired and the DA welcomed his dismissal, calling for SAPS stability. The Democratic Alliance (DA) expressed its pleasure with the firing of Western Cape SAPS detective chief Jeremy Vearey on Monday.
Vearey was found guilty of misconduct last week in a leaked 14-page memorandum after making numerous posts on Facebook between 2020 and 2021. Khehla Sitole, the national Police Commissioner, has since fired Veary.
After a disciplinary trial presided over by Eastern Cape police commissioner Liziwe Ntshinga, the former detectives chief was found guilty of bringing the SAPS into disrepute. The DA in the Western Cape has called for stability within SAPS in the province, according to EWN.
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