- Western Cape DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela reportedly does not hold a BCom degree as he stated on his CV
- Madikizela allegedly admitted to not completing his degree while speaking to a well-known media house
- The ANC in the Western Cape want Madikizela to be suspended while an investigation into the matter continues
Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape Leader Bonginkosi Madikizela has reportedly admitted to lying about his qualifications on his CV. Now, the African National Congress in the province wants the Premier to suspend the MEC.
Madikizela allegedly does not hold a BCom degree after claiming to have one previously. The DA stated that it would be referring to the matter to its Federal Legal Commission adding that it noted 'with concern' that Madikizela claimed he had a qualification he did not.
Helen Zille, DA Federal Council Chairperson, stated that the opposition party had regarded the allegations in a 'serious light'.
According to a report by EWN, Zille stated that due processes will be followed in terms of investigations and taking any follow-up actions. Speaking to the publication, Madikizela took full responsibility for not correcting the information.
Although he admitted to not finishing his BCom degree, Madikizela added that the qualification was not a requirement to hold political office within the country.
A report by IOL stated that ANC leader in the Western Cape Legislature Cameron Dugmore wrote a letter in which he reportedly said it was in the "interest of good governance" that Madikizela is suspended while the investigation continues.
The report continued by saying that the investigation by the Code of Conduct Committee will allow Madikizela to share his side of the story.
In similar news, Briefly News recently reported that 35% of Parliament officials are not qualified for their positions. Minister for Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu recently revealed that about 3 301 out of 9 477 senior officials employed in Parliament do not have the correct qualifications for the job.
Mchunu made the revelation after he was questioned by the DA's Michéle Clarke, who said that the DA will be writing to the Standing Committee of Public Accounts (Scopa) to investigate the claims that these officials do not have the correct credentials for their positions.
According to Clarke, the main beneficiaries of fat checks for government jobs for which they don't have the necessary qualifications come from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.
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