- Western Cape DA leader and provincial Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela has been suspended for 14 days
- WC Premier Alan Winde revealed that Madikizela has been suspended effective immediately pending an investigation
- Madikizela is accused of allegedly lying on his CV about holding a BCom degree, which he reportedly does not have
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has suspended provincial Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela for two weeks while an investigation is conducted. The Democratic Alliance's Federal Legal Commission has launched a probe into Madikizela's fitness for the post.
Madikizela allegedly lied on his CV about a BCom degree which, according to reports, he does not hold. Winde said he had been concerned about Madikizela's biography containing information that he has since admitted was not true.
Winde also made mention of Madikizela misleading a reporter about the biography. Once the investigation into Madikizela is completed, Winde will make a final decision on the politician's role in Cabinet.
SABC News reported that The Good Party and the African National Congress both called for Madikizela to be suspended. The Secretary-General for the Good Party, Bret Heron, stated that the opposition party needs to explain Madikizela's appointment to Cabinet three times without qualification vetting.
The report continued by saying that Madikizela's CV on the Western Cape Government's website states that he has a BCom degree in Human Resource Management as well as a certificate in Information Technology.
A report by News24 confirmed that Winde has resolved to suspend Madikizela for a period of 14 days until all facts are gathered with regards to the "lie" on his CV. The suspension is effective immediately.
Earlier, Briefly News reported on Madikizela's alleged lie on his CV. Madikizela reportedly admitted to lying about his qualifications.
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 regarded the allegations in a 'serious light'. 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.
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