ID wins another floor-crossing round

The Independent Democrats (ID) won another round in the floor-crossing battle on Thursday when the Cape High Court refused to overturn the expulsion from the party of Cape Town city councillor Achmat Williams.

Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso also rejected Williams’s bid to delay his appeal hearing against the expulsion, which the party has scheduled for Friday.

The hearing takes place only hours before the midnight start of the 15-day floor-crossing window.

Williams was expelled on August 15 for holding secret talks with controversial Karoo politician Truman Prince, founder of the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa.

He claimed in court papers that his disciplinary hearing was procedurally flawed and biased.

Traverso said, however, that except in exceptional circumstances, she could not interfere in a party’s disciplinary procedures until they had run their course.

Williams would still have recourse to the courts after the appeal.

”None of us in this court are fools. We all know why this application is being brought,” she said, referring to the crossing window.

On Wednesday, former ID general secretary Avril Harding lost a bid to stall his disciplinary hearing on sexual-harassment charges.

The hearing will also be held on Friday morning.

Also on Friday morning, Judge Dennis Davis is to rule whether Harding’s expulsion from the party earlier this month was valid.

Several other urgent matters involving the ID and city councillors are expected to come on to the high court roll on Friday. — Sapa

Make sense of your world

Subscribe to Mail & Guardian at R10/mth for the first three months. Cancel anytime.

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Landmark battle over River Club imperils Amazon HQ plans

If the high court in Cape Town rules for an interim interdict in the River Club project to halt building on heritage land, Amazon is likely to pull out

Worry about food prices, not heavy rains

Farmers face higher input costs such as hikes in fertilisers and fuel prices as well as the expected 20.5% electricity hike requested by Eskom, says AgriSA

What will it take to halt institutional decay and defend...

Selfless leaders and engaged citizens must protect their nations from seeping into failure during their transition to democracy

Kidnapping in Mayfair: Claims and counterclaims

More revelations in multimillion-rand Mayfair kidnapping

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…