Controversial African National Congress (ANC) manager of the Central Karoo District Municipality, Truman Prince, was suspended on 16 November 2005.
Prince is the former mayor of the Beaufort West Local Municipality. His political career has been marred by controversy since he was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing into his conduct during a council meeting.
A hearing was held for Prince in the same year regarding his involvement in soliciting underage prostitutes, which was caught on tape and aired on the investigative journalism show, Special Assignment.
Calls for the ANC to take disciplinary action against Prince came not only from various political parties, but also from the public. Prince was subsequently charged for assaulting the Special Assignment team.
Amongst the above-mentioned charges brought against Prince, he was also accused of using R3 000 from the mayoral fund to pay for the bail of his friend Harry van Rooyen, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for armed robbery.
Having been removed from his position as ANC manager, Prince was reinstated in 2007. He was however, expelled from the ANC and joined a political party known as Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Icosa).
Source: South African History Online
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