/ 22 February 2008

DA dismisses land-invasion allegations

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille on Friday dismissed as ”posturing” Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool’s threat to sue the DA over recent land invasions in Delft.

”A threat to sue the DA for allegedly encouraging land invasions in Delft is just posturing,” she said in a statement.

It was bizarre that Rasool sought to sue the DA over alleged actions of its representatives.

”Rasool knows full well that the DA has never condoned illegal land invasions — this is a point that I have made repeatedly,” she said.

The DA found Rasool’s threats strange given that the Western Cape minister for housing Richard Dyanti had recently commended the DA stand against anarchy, lawlessness, chaos and community incitement.

The City of Cape Town had also responded swiftly to allegations of misconduct against councillor Frank Martin — the DA politician accused of inciting people to invade houses in Delft.

”Councillor Frank Martin’s alleged misconduct is currently being investigated by the speaker of the City of Cape Town and the police.

”These processes will require councillor Martin to face the consequences of any alleged improper conduct,” Zille said. — Sapa