By Thys Khiba
Johannesburg – The Democratic Alliance has come under fire after suspending one of their Western Cape leaders, Bonginkosi Madikizela for 14 days, while other leaders of DA are also under close scrutiny over qualifications.
The Good Party and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), raised their concerns about the qualifications of chief whip Natasha Mazzone, MEC for human settlements Tertius Simmers, and Saldanha Bay mayor Marius Koen.
This is after it was confirmed by the Western Cape Premier Alan Winde that he has suspended the MEC for Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela for 14 days over false degree claims. It is alleged that the Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works has lied when he said he had a BCom degree.
“I have since carefully considered the matter and have taken the decision to suspend MEC Madikizela, effective immediately, for a period of 14 days while an investigation determines all the facts,” said Winde.
The Good Party leader, Herron confirms that according to unverified information from a source, DA chief whip had allegedly edited her Wikipedia page to delete the word “advocate” from the qualifications in her biography.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that the MEC for human settlements has also allegedly lied about having a cost management degree in his LinkedIn profile. Furthermore, the Saldanha mayor has also allegedly lied about having a degree qualification from Western Cape university, Stellenbosch University.
“We must be frank here, this so-called ‘expose’ has nothing to do with a noble act to correct the wrong, it has everything to do with Cape Town mayor ship contest. This is what I go through every time I contest for a position in the party or in government,” said Western Cape DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela.
Madikizela went to also say that a degree was never a requirement requested in the political positions he has occupied.
The DA chief whip, Mazzone has also confirmed on social media that she had always teased herself for having only matric as her highest qualification. “I cannot speak for anything I did not post or claim. I have not earned a BCom or an MBA. I can speak to no other records than my CV, meticulously updated since 2011 to accurately reflect my career, and records of all candidate applications on the relevant DA platform since 2011, and my LinkedIn online profile,” said Simmers.
The allegation against Koen was proven untrue in 2019 says national spokesperson for Democratic Alliance, Siviwe Gwarube.
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