Plato Must Go, Says Fransman

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Plato Must Go, Says Fransman


BYLINE: Caryn Dolley

PROVINCIAL ANC chairman Marius Fransman has called for Community Safety MEC Dan Plato to be axed after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dismissed allegations forwarded by Plato that implicate a senior politician in crime.

"The source of the allegations is a witness who lacks credibility and whose version is unable to be corroborated in any respect," DPP Rodney de Kock said yesterday.

Fransman, named in some of the allegations which Plato forwarded to be probed, said it had always been clear Plato had conspired in helping to manufacture the documents.

"We call on (Premier) Helen Zille to immediately fire Plato," he said.

But Plato, who heard of the DPP's findings via the media, defended himself, saying he had not made the allegations and that when members of the public came forward with complaints and allegations, he had a duty to report the matters to the relevant authorities.

While Plato had referred the allegations naming Fransman and others to the public protector, the ANC lodged a complaint with the police accusing Plato of abusing his power, perjury and conspiracy to commit perjury.

And last week the DA and ANC publicly accused each other in the Western Cape Legislature of being involved in gangs.

DA MPL Mark Wiley had told the legislature the DA had affidavits that linked among others, Fransman, top policeman

Jeremy Vearey and ANC MPL Max Ozinsky to gun running, drug smuggling and murder.

Plato told the Cape Times he handed the affidavits to the public protector. Yesterday De Kock's statement said the public protector had referred "certain allegations", received from Plato, to the Hawks.

"The allegations are that a senior politician and an SAPS officer have involved themselves in various alleged criminal activities," De Kock said. …

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