The DA’s provincial leader of the Western Cape, Bonginkosi Madikizela, has resigned from his position as the regional party leader and the Western Cape cabinet.
His resignation comes after he had been suspended for lying about his B.Com qualification. Madikizela admitted that he had not completed his degree but said that it had not been a requirement for the job. The DA said that an investigation into the allegations had been launched.
Madikizela lead the province for more than three years. Announcing the resignation, Premier Alan Winde said: “I believe that his decision under the circumstances was the right and honourable thing to do. Mr Madikizela has worked hard in both the Human Settlements and Transport & Public Works portfolios, and I wish to thank him for the valuable contribution he has made to delivering progress in our province over the years.”
An interim leader will be elected at the provincial council in May. Until then, Albert Fritz will continue as the acting provincial leader and Tertius Simmers will be the acting MEC of Transport and Public Works until further notice.