DA considers suspending axed MEC Albert Fritz

DA considers suspending axed MEC Albert Fritz

The DA says it will give axed Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz 24 hours to provide reasons why he should not be suspended from caucus and party activities.

Albert Fritz, DA Western Cape leader/ MEC

Fritz was fired from his job on Tuesday after an independent investigation found sufficient credibility in the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Advocate Jennifer Williams was appointed as an external investigator after allegations of sexual misconduct, alcohol abuse and grooming surfaced against Fritz earlier this year.

DA federal chairperson Helen Zille says the case has been referred to the party's federal legal commission.

“Now that the report into the allegations against Mr Fritz has been concluded, the DA can take the necessary action.

"The DA takes the matter of sexual impropriety, sexual abuse and sexual assault very seriously and will not hesitate to take swift and severe action when these matters arise.

"The DA is also very aware of the responsibility to protect the victims and ensure that they do not suffer secondary abuse as a result of reporting allegations of abuse and assault,” says Zille.

Meanwhile, Winde will appear before provincial legislature on Wednesday.

“It is critical that the decisions taken thus far are accounted for in the legislature and that members of the provincial parliament, and indeed the public, have an opportunity to deliberate and interrogate the process followed by the premier,” says Community Safety spokesperson Reagen Allen.

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