Western Cape MEC for Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has been appointed as the acting provincial leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) for the next two weeks.
As reported by SABC, the decision follows the 14-day suspension of DA provincial party leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela on allegations that he had falsified his academic qualifications. It is alleged Madikizela claimed on the provincial government website, that he holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree in Human Resource Management. Human Settlements MEC, Tertius Simmers, has been appointed as acting MEC for Transport and Public Works until the investigation has concluded.
Meanwhile, the ANC in the Western Cape legislature has welcomed the suspension of Madikizela as Transport Minister. ANC leader in the Western Cape legislature, Dugmore, wrote a letter to the chairperson of the conduct committee in the legislature, Daylin Mitchell requesting that Madikizela be suspended from the provincial cabinet, IOL reports.