By Athol Trollip, Eastern Cape Provincial Leader:
In terms of the Provisions of the DA Federal Constitution, Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Knight Mali’s membership has been terminated as at 07 December 2015.
Cllr Mali was under suspension for a number of different and serious charges brought against him. His disciplinary process was underway, but had been delayed a number of times due to the requests of his previous and current legal representatives. During this period of suspension he was implicated in activities and actions that contravened very specific provisions of the DA Constitution.
This led to him being finally charged under clause 3.5.1 of the Constitution, whereby his membership was ceased and whereby he was given 48 hours to respond “clearly an unequivocally” why the cessation of membership should not apply.
The Federal Legal Commisison-appointed panel then considered what he had submitted and concluded that his reasons were neither clear nor equivocal. They thereafter proposed that his membership be terminated. At a meeting of the Federal Executive yesterday at 09:00 (Subs: Monday, 7 December) the Federal Executive concluded unanimously that cllr Mali’s membership be terminated.
This decision has now been followed up by informing the former councillor of the decision. The provincial and local IEC will be informed, as will the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality, in order that the resultant (PR) vacancy be declared so that the necessary steps can be put in place to replace the former councillor.
The DA reserves its right to defend itself from internal and external attack and will not hesitate to take any and all necessary steps to preserve itself, its good standing, its members and its reputation against any onslaught.