The ANC in the Western Cape has laid criminal charges against Community Safety MEC Dan Plato, accusing him of perjury, conspiracy to commit perjury, defamation and defeating the ends of justice.
The party believes Plato is spearheading a smear campaign against the ANC, as well as top cop Major General Jeremy Vearey, by alleging that they have close ties to gangsters.
ANC MEC member Rhoda Bazier told reporters outside the Cape Town Central Police Station: “Plato talks falsely against the ANC and General Vearey. Plato violated his oath as MEC and brought not only government but his office into disrepute as well. Plato should be protecting SAPS and General Vearey, not put their lives at danger, Vearey had to get personal protection for him and his family.
“We want the Hawks and Prosecuting Authorities to thoroughly investigate this.”
However, Plato has welcomed the ANC’s decision and pledged to give his full co-operation.
He said: “The ANC’s blanket approach of requesting investigations from the police, Hawks and Public Protector on ‘whether anyone should be prosecuted’, will ensure that any investigation must include the serious content of the information provided to me in affidavits.
“The affidavits allege corruption and criminal activity within SAPS as well as the ANC’s political links to gangs.”
Here, Plato referred to the recent allegation made by an informer – detailed in an affidavit that was leaked to the media – that Vearey was collaborating with gang members and that he had received millions from convicted crime Czech boss Radovan Krejcír.
Vearey has vehemently denied these allegations.
Previously, in 2013, another informer, Pierre Mark Anthony Wyngaardt, implicated Vearey in an apparent expose on police involvement with gangs.
These earlier allegations were found to be baseless.