Madikizela speaks out following qualification scandal

Western Cape Transport and Public Roads MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela has blamed “evil” individuals within the DA for his suspension over qualifications

Madikizela speaks out following qualification scandal

The Western Cape’s suspended Transport and Public Roads MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela has broken his silence, in the wake of the saga surrounding his qualifications. Madikizela was suspended by Premier Alan Winde following revelations that he misrepresented his BCom degree.

It was learnt on Wednesday that Madikizela hadn’t completed his qualification, contrary to what is stated in his bio, on the provincial government’s website. He has been suspended for a period of 14 days, pending an investigation into the matter.

The current Democratic Alliance (DA) leader has apologised, but claims his suspension has nothing to do with his qualifications – but that he is being targeted because of his ambitions to become Cape Town mayor.

“We must be frank here, this so-called ‘expose’ has nothing to do with a noble act to correct the wrong, it has everything to do with (the) Cape Town mayorship contest. The idea of having someone they can’t control or look after their interest terrified them. This is what I go through every time I contest for a position in the party or in government,” Madikizela said in a Facebook post on Saturday, 17 April 2021.

Bonginkosi Madikizela willing to accept whatever the punishment

Bonginkosi Madikizela has admitted he may have been at fault for the whole qualification saga and said he was ready to face the consequences.

“I will humble myself, allow the process to unfold and accept the punishment which I hope it will fit the crime. As wrong as this was, I didn’t pretend to be a doctor and performed surgeries that put people’s lives in danger, or an engineer that built bridges that will collapse and kill people,” Madikizela said.

“A degree was never a requirement in all the positions I’ve occupied before and now, this never benefited me in any way. I also hope people will not apply double standards, what is done on the left must also be done on the right”

Western Cape Transport and Public Roads MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela

Madikizela will appear before the DA’s Federal Legal Commission.

“The impact will have to be determined by the Federal Legal Commission in the case of the party itself. In the case of Mr Madikizela’s role in the provincial cabinet, that is in the hands of the premier and his role as provincial leader is in the hands of the Provincial Executive Committee taking advice from the federal legal commission, which will be coming in due course,” said the party’s federal council chair Helen Zille.

Source : The South African More