CoCT's JP Smith off the hook for now

The Democratic Alliance on Monday announced that the special leave of mayoral committee member JP Smith has been lifted.

Smith was placed on special leave from all party activities after disagreements that turned into a public spat between him and Mayor Patricia de Lille - also placed on special leave.

The spat between the two is believed to be from a decision by De Lille to shutdown a controversial Special Investigating Unit under Smith's control.

Speaking to CapeTalk's Africa Melane, Smith says the Steenhuisen commission suggested the reinstatement of the unit but put in the hands of council.

Read: De Lille, Smith spat could threaten public confidence in DA, warns Tony Leon

There are two issues that Steenhuisen raises, first around the confusion on the name that it is used by a national entity and the confusion around the mandate of the unit.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

So what we can do is to make sure that the mandate is clear and explicitly define if and when the unit start up again

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

Smith explained the mandate of the unit as being in support of Saps in gang ridden communities and making sure that those involved in these crimes are convicted.

It is supporting Saps and the Hawks in areas where the public are placing great pressure on us for results and where these results are not forthcoming.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

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