The leader of the Western Cape Democratic Alliance, Bonginkosi Madikizela, resigned as provincial leader of the party after it was alleged that he lied about his qualifications. The party said in a statement that he submitted his resignation on Wednesday, and thanked Madikizela for his services since his election to the post in 2018.
Madikizela has not yet announced whether he intends to continue campaigning for the post of mayor of Cape Town.
He was suspended as Western Cape transport MEC and party leader on April 15, after a Daily Maverick report pointed to inaccuracies in his qualification.
Madikizela classified the report on his qualification as part of a political plot to discredit him and sabotage his campaign to become mayor of Cape Town.
“The idea of having someone that they cannot control or look after their interests terrified them. That’s what I spend every time I agree to a party or government post. I will humble myself, allow the process to unfold and accept the punishment that I hope will be appropriate for the crime.
“As wrong as that was, I didn’t pretend to be a doctor and performed surgeries that put people’s lives in danger or an engineer who built bridges that collapse and kill people. A degree has never been a requirement in every position I have held before and now; it never benefited me in any way. I also hope that people don’t apply double standards. What is done on the left must also be done on the right, ”he wrote on social media platforms.
The Mail & Guardian had previously reported how Madikizela had lost favor with the dominant faction in the DA.
Several DA leaders told M&G that Madikizela had been promised the position of mayor of Cape Town if he did not object to John Steenhuisen for the position of interim party leader.
Madikizela’s chances of becoming mayor were weakened when Geordin Hill-Lewis announced that he would run for mayor.
Although Madikizela had some influence on the regions and on the provincial executive committee, Hill-Lewis has the muscle of the DA’s strong faction, including federal council president Helen Zille.
Hill-Lewis was once Zille’s chief of staff before taking the same position in the administration of the former national DA leader, Mmusi Maimane. He was also part of the party leaders’ clique that opposed Maimane’s leadership before his departure from the watershed.
“We respect his decision [Madikizela] and the honorable path he took when he left the position of leader. This shows the clear difference between the DA and the ANC. We look forward to working with him as a colleague in the DA going forward, ”said the party in its statement, adding that Albert Fritz would remain as acting provincial leader until the party elected an interim leader on its provincial council on May 29.