Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Charges against MEC over Bitou corruption probe ‘cover-up’

WESTERN Cape Local Government and Housing MEC Richard Dyantyi told the DA yesterday that the results of the highly publicised Bitou corruption investigation would be released “in due course”.

However, the DA said it planned to go ahead with the laying of criminal charges against Dyantyi today, after the MEC failed to meet the deadline the party had set for him to release the findings by noon yesterday.

The threat to lay charges against Dyantyi follows accusations by the DA that the MEC is dragging his heels on the probe into alleged corruption in the Bitou municipality. The Special Investigating Unit has probed claims of massive misuse of municipal credit cards, falsification of claims on the Bitou council for personal enrichment, and double claims for personal benefit on luxurious overseas trips. Full Story

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