Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz’s suspension is apparently linked to s.e.xual assault allegations. This is according to media reports which said that the allegations were levelled against him by young employees.
It’s alleged that he sexually assaulted four employees in his office and this is said to have been office knowledge since last year.
Independent Media has also been informed that Fritz has requested to be relieved of his duties as DA provincial leader until the end of February. DA Western Cape chairperson Jaco Londt said the party’s provincial deputy leader Tertuis Simmers will be acting leader for the time being.
I have initiated a full investigation which must proceed on an unhindered basis. Minister Fritz has offered his full co-operation in this investigation.
“An update will be provided in due course,” Winde said.
In response to questions, Londt said: “The Western Cape DA notes the suspension of Minister Fritz by the premier and that an investigation will be conducted into allegations against Mr Fritz. Will comment more once we’ve been able to obtain more information,” Londt said.
Prior to the revelation of the sexual assault allegation, provincial ANC MPL Cameron Dugmore called for more transparency on the matter.
“So far, no reasons have been given for this extraordinary measure. However, the fact that the MEC, who is also the DA’s provincial leader, has been suspended in a most un-Alan Winde-like move, is a clear indication that something seriously is wrong.
“We demand a full and immediate explanation of the allegations against MEC Fritz. In the interest of transparency, open governance, and his responsibility to the people of the province, we demand the Premier comes clean and plays open cards with us. We don’t want to speculate on the reasons, we want the truth, and we want it now,” Dugmore said.
Independent Media has made numerous attempts to obtain comment from Fritz, but calls were declined and there had been no response to messages.
*This is a developing story.
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