May 18, 2021

Western Cape Premier Suspends DA Leader For 14 Days

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Human Settlements MEC, Mr Tertius Simmers, has been appointed acting MEC for Transport and Public Works.

FILE PHOTO: Suspended MEC of Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape. PICTURE: @WesternCapeDA

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CAPE TOWN: Mr Winde has suspended Transport and Public Works MEC for a period of 14 days.

The Western Cape Premier, Mr Alan Winde has suspended Transport MEC Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela for claiming to have a BCom degree in his CV when he has admitted that he has not completed his degree.

In a statement issued by Mr Winde, “I met with Minister Madikizela yesterday afternoon, where I raised my concerns with him and asked for an explanation.”

It’s alleged that Mr Madikizela lied about his qualifications. Mr Winde said that he had raised his concerns with the MEC and that acting with integrity was non-negotiable.

“During that meeting, I made clear that acting with integrity is non-negotiable to me, and to the people of the Western Cape,” Mr Winde said.

DA Federal Council chairperson, Ms Helen Zille, said that the party regarded this in a serious light. Ms Zille said that due processes would be followed in establishing the facts and taking follow-up action. A sentiment shared by Mr Winde.

“I also made clear that I believe in fairness and due process, where all the facts are properly considered,” he said.

“I have since carefully considered the matter and have taken the decision to suspend Minister Madikizela effective immediately for a period of 14 days, while an investigation determines all the facts.

“Once I have all the facts, I will make a final decision regarding Minister Madikizela and his role in my cabinet,” Mr Winde said.

“It is in the interests of all parties, and most importantly our residents – who deserve nothing but honesty and integrity from their government – that this matter be resolved swiftly,” he added.

Human Settlements MEC, Mr Tertius Simmers, has been appointed acting MEC for Transport and Public Works.

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