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DA to lay criminal charges against George mayor

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape said it would be laying criminal charges on Wednesday against George mayor, Melvin Naik.

This comes in the wake of the findings of a forensic investigation into allegations of fraud, corruption, maladministration and serious malpractice within the George Municipality. 

The DA said the investigation was conducted at the instruction of the Western Cape MEC for Local Government, Anton Bredell.

The party's George constituency head, Geordin Hill-Lewis, said that the report makes two very serious findings against the mayor, "relating to alleged corruption, and interference in administrative processes."

"These findings are substantiated by a number of admissions by individuals involved as well as compelling circumstantial evidence. There is also evidence that certain relevant documents were withheld from the investigators," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said that Naik had been served with a notice of intention to suspend him and was given 36 hours to provide reasons why he should not be suspended.  

Hill-Lewis said that the alleged offences detailed in the report carry very serious criminal sanctions.

"It must be noted that Mayor Naik denies all the allegations against him, and they have not been proven in court," he added.

Naik declined to comment on the latest developments.

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