ANC in the Western Cape says that it has noted, with grave concern, the public accusations by MEC of Community Safety, Dan Plato against Major-General Jeremy Vearey. The provincial leadership held a press briefing at its offices in Cape Town to address these concerns and further claimed Plato is not helping the fight against gangsterism on the Cape Flats.
ANC WC Secretary, Faiez Jacobs claims Plato’s allegations are unsubstantiated and adds that the process of “natural investigation has not been taken through its logical course”.
Vearey is the Commander of the Western Cape anti-gang unit. He earlier accused Plato, gang leaders and other politicians of launching a political attack against him.
According to reports, three affidavits surfaced linking Vearey to corrupt activity.
Jacobs told media at the briefing that due to Plato spreading “lies” a number of gangsters have placed a “hit” on Vearey.
The ANC provincial leadership has said that it is considering the possibility of legal action against Plato.
Jacobs further claims Plato remains sidetracked when it comes to effecting real change through his duties.
“We want the MEC to focus on the real issues. He needs to focus on the scourge of drugs and gangsterism plaguing the communities on the Cape Flats. We see that he is being side tracked. Instead of blaming the police, we are asking them to work with police. A lot of service delivery failures of the DA City is at the heart of accelerated crime conditions,” Jacobs continued.
Plato was not available for comment at the time of publishing. However, in an earlier report, Plato denied accusations of an alleged smear campaign against Vearey.
VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)