In a statement by Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis says he was informed by the speaker’s office that Councillor Zahid Badroodien is to face a Council disciplinary committee to answer charges relating to the alleged tampering of an electricity meter at a property owned by him.
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According to the Cape Town Mayor, it is a Council matter being dealt with by the speaker’s office.
“I am therefore not at liberty to comment on the charges against Councillor Badroodien, nor the disciplinary process to be followed,” said Hill-Lewis.
He also revealed that Councillor Badroodien has written a letter to him to request that he step down from his position as Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation pending the finalisation of the disciplinary hearing.
“I have accepted his request. It is important for every member of the Mayoral Committee to be fully focused on their work,” he added.
In the interim, Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Siseko Mbandezi, has agreed to assume responsibility for the Water and Sanitation portfolio on the Mayoral Committee, according to Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis.
“I am confident that Councillor Mbandezi will do an excellent job until such a time as Councillor Badroodien has successfully answered this case,” expressed Hill-Lewis.
The Mayor acknowledged Councillor Badroodien’s contributions his made to Water and Sanitation since his appointment in November 2021 and concluded by saying: “I look forward to a fair and speedy resolution of this matter, in the best interests of all Cape Town residents.”
Further enquiries can be addressed to the speaker’s office.
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