UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

DA AND COETZEE MUST COME OUT CLEAN

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

The press conference by Mr Coetzee this morning refers.

In an attempt to provide same clarity to Mr Coetzee's comments during the press conference the UDM gladly points out the following:

1. Mr Coetzee said that he made it clear that he was not appointed by the DA to either of his previous positions in the Western Cape Provincial Government and Cape Town Unicity.

2. Yet, earlier during the press conference Mr Coetzee reportedly said: "He was asked to work for the City of Cape Town after the provincial DA leadership and the mayor of Cape Town jointly decided that they required his services. (SAPA, 24 August 2001)

 3. Referring to the correspondence dated 18 January 2001 "How to best deal with Marais", Mr Coetzee said that the memorandum contained nothing secret and the contents had been communicated to Marais himself on numerous occasions. Die Burger, 29 June 2001 reports on a statement by the Mayor's Office: "Mr Coetzee was appointed as consultant for the Unicity to make presentations regarding communication strategies and structures. We were not aware that he must also file reports on party political matters." [Own translation]

The UDM calls on Mr Coetzee and the DA to clarify these obvious contradictions. Is
Mr Coetzee now also accusing the Mayor and his personnel of "inaccuracy, incoherency and unsubstantiated statements"?

Mr Coetzee is hardly in a position to toss about allegations of dishonour and defamation, when one considers the contents of his leaked letters to Mr Leon.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Member of Parliament
082 - 557 4184

Cape Town
24 August 2001