Democratic Alliance (DA) provincial Speaker Masizole Mnqasela is accusing colleague and opponent provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela of allegedly trying to assassinate him ahead of the party’s Western Cape conference.
The Cape Times reports that the two DA members are running against each other for Madikizela’s current position, while eNCA reports that Madikizela succeded Patricia De Lille after her resignation.
“This man (Mnqasela) failed for almost a month to prove his allegations,” said Madikizela to the Cape Times.
According to eNCA, the party is taking the accusation very seriously. Helen Zille, the DA’s Federal Executive chairperson stated that the claims need to be investigated.
She told the publication, “The veracity of these allegations remains a mystery, but they are serious enough to have made us very focused on establishing where they come from and whether they have any credibility at all.
“I will not allow from my perspective an allegation like this to pass by and not get to the very heart and root of it to establish if there’s any truth to it. If not, why such an allegation was made, what the agenda was behind it, who made it… We’re in the process of getting to that. We only have a nickname at the moment of the person who was allegedly the whistleblower, but that’s not good enough for me.”
Zille made it known that there were attempts made by the DA’s presiding officer of the Western Cape Congress election, Annelie Lotriet to get information out of Mnqasela, however, they were not successful, says the Cape Times.
There are also plans made by the party’s Federal Legal Commission to obtain a second report of the alleged accusation.
“This report will be presented to me tomorrow [16 November] and it will go to the federal executive on the morning of November 17,” said Zille. “The FedEx will consider its contents and recommendations, take its own decision on the recommendations, and refer all documentation to the presiding officers for a final determination in relation to the congress.”
The DA’s federal executive will meet on Tuesday to discuss an investigation report and the way forward.