A Member of the National Assembly appeared in Cape Town Magistrate Court, on Monday, over the alleged theft of a laptop, while still employed at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP).
Nazier Paulsen explained that the charges pressed against him are rubbish and nothing but a political fight with the DA.
Paulsen was the Western Cape’s premier candidate for EFF in 2014 and left to serve in the National Assembly in 2015.
According to the MP, who is now deployed in the North West, the laptop was returned to the provincial legislature, soon after he left, but he was still charged with theft.
Paulsen explained that he was traveling at the time and requested more time to remove his personal documents from the laptop, before handing in the device to the WCPP.
“In 2015 I resigned from the legislature and I was sworn in as a member of the National Assembly.
“I wrote to the provincial speaker and requested to purchase the devices given to me while employed there.
“I felt it would be easier since the devices contained personal and other confidential information.
“There was a bit of toing and froing which I cannot share as it is pertinent to my defense,” he explains.
Paulsen said soon after the request, he received a call from a journalist who asks about a case of theft opened against him.
“A journalist was aware of a criminal case against me before I was. This is only in the DA-run Western Cape.
“To add, a member of the DA also raised the issue in a sitting of the legislature and instructed a certain individual to take it up with the director of Public Prosecutions.”
“The laptop was returned to the legislature after I removed all my documents from it. There is also email trails between the two parties involved here, with regard to my request. What is there still to fight about?”
Paulsen said the court, who postponed the matter to May, for further investigation, said that it would not want to get involved with any political battles.
“I’m more of an annoyance to the DA than those who are murdering our children, our brothers, our sisters, our mothers, and fathers.
“Now put the returned ‘stolen’ laptop in the context of the 20 people who were killed in Mitchell’s Plain between Saturday 2 and Sunday 25 February 2019,” he added. (Deen Times)