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DA suspends W Cape Speaker

Western Cape speaker Masizole Mnqansela has been suspended from DA activities. Picture: Jodi Windvogel.

Western Cape speaker Masizole Mnqansela has been suspended from DA activities. Picture: Jodi Windvogel.

Published May 28, 2022

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Cape Town - THE controversial speaker of the Western Cape provincial legislature Masizole Mnqasela has been temporary suspended from DA activities with immediate effect, the party announced Saturday.

The decision was taken by the DA Western Cape’s Provincial Executive Committee, said Jaco Londt, the DA Provincial Chairperson in the Western Cape.

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“They decided to suspend Masizole Mnqasela from party activities pending the finalisation of an investigation and/or the institution of disciplinary proceedings against him,” Londt said.

The decision to suspend him is attributed to an investigation report constituted by the DA’s Federal Legal Commission (FLC).

“The FLC stated that there is sufficient credibility in the allegations relating to irregularities pertaining to subsistence, travel and entertainment allowance claims.”

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Mnqasela was given an opportunity to provide reasons why he should not be suspended.

Londt said he did respond but it was insufficient.

“After careful consideration, the party decided to move to suspension.”

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Weekend Argus last week reported that the DA provincial caucus leader, Premier Alan Winde, had asked Mnqasela to step down amid the investigation.

The investigation stems from charges laid against Mnqasela by the DA after whistle-blowers provided the party with submissions over the speaker’s alleged misdeeds.

The allegations relate to subsistence, travel and entertainment allowance claims.

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“We are not allowed to interfere with the processes of any of our governments, nor any external investigations such as that of the Hawks or SAPS, which must run its own course,” Londt said.

“Upon its conclusion, any reports or findings emanating from such processes will also be considered for possible further steps.”

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