The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela has been accused of allegedly lying about his qualifications on his CV.
The Transport and Public Works MEC’s CV will come under scrutiny from the DA’s Federal Legal Commission for investigation, chairperson Helen Zille said in a statement on Wednesday.
"The DA notes, with concern, the allegation that the CV of Bonginkosi Madikizela, the party’s Western Cape leader, claims a qualification that he does not hold.
"The DA regards this in a serious light and will follow due process in establishing the facts and taking consequent follow-up action. The matter has been referred to the DA’s Federal Legal Commission for investigation."
The Daily Maverick (DM) reported that it had been trying to obtain a copy of Madikizela’s CV following a tip-off he may have falsified his qualifications.
On Monday, Madikizela told the DM he had obtained a BCom from Unisa in 1999 and later an IT diploma from the National Institute of Information Technology.
Hours later, Madikizela made an about-turn, messaging the DM to say: "I’ve noticed on my bio the (unfinished) is not on. I didn’t complete my BCom degree, I thought I should clarify that."
Madikizela added that it did not benefit him in any way in the positions that he currently held, previously applied for, which was for the provincial premiership and the position of mayor of Cape Town.
In 2014, then DA chief whip John Steenhuisen had urged ANC stalwart Pallo Jordan to quit when it was discovered he had falsely claimed to have obtained a doctorate. The amended National Qualifications Framework Act makes it a criminal offence to lie about your credentials on a CV.
ANC leader of the opposition in the Western Cape Legislature, Cameron Dugmore said in a statement that he will call on Premier Alan Winde to suspend Madikizela "pending an investigation by the Legislature Conduct Committee into the MEC’s allegedly fraudulent CV".
Dugmore added that he had written to the Chair of the Conduct Committee in the legislature, Hon Daylin Mitchell on Wednesday morning requesting that Mitchell convenes the committee to investigate the allegations.
The Good party secretary-general, Brett Herron, also called on Winde to remove Madikizela from office, adding the allegations against Madikizela raise "serious questions" about the selection and vetting of leaders in the DA.