The Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors in Plettenberg Bay on the Cape South coast have laid a fraud complaint against the wife of current deputy mayor Euan Wildeman.
This comes after an internal disciplinary committee found that the deputy mayor’s wife – Tanya Wildeman – increased her salary and gave herself a car allowance two years ago.
DA’s constituency head in Bitou, Donald Grant said the party took the move after it found that Tanya was casually dismissed after she was found guilty of the charge without being reported to the police.
More so, the municipality authorities during a recent council meeting proposed to reappoint her as acting head of corporate services – to replace the current head of the department, Alma Greyling, who is out of the country. “It is our duty to report these matters to police. Therefore, we have decided to take action this week,” Eden mayor Memory Booysen said.
Other politicians who also laid a fraud complaint against Tanya include former Bitou mayor and current Eden mayor Memory Booysen, as well as the former speaker and current councillor Annelise Olivier. The Plettenberg Bay is governed by an Active United Front (AUF) and African National Congress (ANC) after the two parties took over the reins in August via coalition. Tanya’s fraud charge is remarkably the third set of action taken against the AUF-ANC government.
Last week, the DA announced that it will request the MEC of Local Government in the Western Cape, Anton Bredell, to review all senior appointments made at Bitou Municipality. The blue block added that it will also request Bredell’s office to determine if the appointments were duly made and whether the chosen candidates were competent.
Nonetheless, deputy mayor Euan Wildeman maintained that his wife is innocent, as her dismissal had been settled. He admitted that the councillors have the right to report to the police. “Justice will take its course and the truth will come out,” Wildeman added. Bitonu Municipality spokesman Dumisani Mweba declined to comment on the matter.