‘Join the party or be killed’

Date: 13 Jun 2007
Cape Town city councilor Badih Chaaba has been accused of bribing fellow councilors to join his new political party to help him unseat mayor Helen Zille. Fresh evidence disclosed yesterday indicates that Chaaban has been recorded in various formats offering councilors business opportunities, money and positions in the council to cross the floor and join the new party. In terms of the evidence presented to members of the media yesterday, those unwilling to join the National People’s Party, to be formed during the floor-crossing period in September, could allegedly be killed. Chaaban, the African Muslim Party’s councilor, is allegedly offering between R5 000 and R10 000 a month to join his party. By Kennedy Mudzuli The Citizen 13/06/07